By Andrew Mitchell
It was a packed weekend at Deer Valley, Utah Jan. 11-14 with
the resort hosting night moguls, dual moguls and aerials events, including an
aerials event that was moved from Lake Placid due to the lack of snow in the
The World Cup got underway on Thursday, Jan. 11 with a moguls
competition. After crashing the previous week, Olympic and World Cup champion
Jennifer Heil found herself back on the podium, wedged between U.S. skiers
Shannon Bahrke and Hannah Kearney.
“I was really happy to bounce back with a medal after an 11
place last weekend,” said Heil. “It feels like the season has really started
now. However, I still felt I could have been a bit more aggressive, but overall
it was a solid performance and now I need to build on that.”
Canadians figured prominently in the top-20, with Kristi
Richards of Summerland 10
, Stephanie-St-Pierre of Quebec 11
Whistler’s Sylvia Kerfoot 14
, Audrey Robichaud of Quebec 16
and Jacqui Brown of Ontario 18
In the men’s competition, American skiers once again finished
first and third with Nate Roberts taking gold and David Babic the bronze.
Gergoire Dufosse of France came away with the silver.
The top Canadian was Ontario’s Warren Tanner in seventh place,
while Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau of Quebec placed 12
Gingras of Quebec was 14
, and Chris Wong of Prince George 17
An aerials competition also took place under the lights.
Ontario’s Steve Omischl retained the overall leaders bib with a silver medal
performance behind Jeret Peterson of the U.S., who posted the highest score
ever posted in a World Cup. Sen Qiu of China took the bronze.
Omischl landed a full, full, double, full, which includes a
double twist on the third flip.
“It’s the jump I messed up at the Olympics and this is the
first time I’ve landed it in competition,” said Omischl. “So overall I’m
actually one for five with that jump. I’ve been training that jump the last few
weeks and this week I landed my five attempts in training. So overall I did
what I needed to do today and simply got beat by someone who put down a way