2013 FREESTYLE WORLD CUP AT DEER VALLEY
by Paul Maraschiello

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U.S. Women Sweep Moguls with Olympic champion Hannah Kearney leading the USA team's domination of the women's mogul competition with a score of 25.54. Heather McPhie, with her D-spin was second with 23.85 and Elza Outtrim was third with 23.47. This was only the second USA women's podium sweep in history.



North America dominated the mens moguls with Canadian Mikael Kingsbury topping the podium winning his 19th straight World Cup medal with a score of 25.78, edging out team mate Bilodeau who finished 2nd with 25.60. USA's Patrick Deneen finished in third with a score of 25.07.



The contest was held under the lights on the 2002 Olympic mogul run with 74 men competing and 46 women racing through the bumps while doing two mandatory jumps. The competition saw a plethora of back flips, helicopters, D-spins, truck drivers, while the skiers zoomed down the course. The top men ran the 249m course between 24.82 seconds and 25.50 seconds with knees pumping and not missing a turn through steep moguls that most skiers could not even ski, much less fly through.



Aerials
The World Cup aerial event saw aerial daredevils speed toward the six takeoff ramps that ranged from 2 meters to 4.2 meters under the lights at Deer Valley. The athletes flew high into the air, spinning, flipping above the heads of the spectators and then attempted to land with perfect form. We saw many difficult maneuvers completed in the air, only to have the jumper falter on the landing. The crowd witnessed some spectacular crashes and many flawless performances by aerialists from all over the world.



The field of 36 male jumpers was whittled down to 12, then 8 and finally 4 in the last round that saw Maxim Gustik (Belarus) topping the podium with Canadian Travis Gerrits 2nd and USA's Michael Rossi finishing 3rd. Michael was carried to his first podium by member of the U.S. Ski Team. Dylan Ferguson just missed the finals cut and finished in 5th place.

The women's field of 12 competitors saw Mengtao Xu of China score another victory with on the podium were Australia's Laura Peel in 2nd and China's Xin Zhang 3rd.

Dual Moguls
This event saw 43 women compete head-to-head with the winners advancing to compete with each other. In the final heat, USA's Hannah Kearney once again won the gold and topped the podium with a score of 24.09 by edging out Canada's Justine Dufour-Lapointe who finished 2nd. Yulia Galysheva finished in 3rd place finish, just beating KC Oakley who finished 4th.

In the 1st round, Kearney beat USA's Herdi Kloser, next she beat Nikola Sudova to face Yulia Galysheva before facing Justine Dufour-Lapointe in the finals.

The men's duals saw 70 men compete mano-a-mano in several heats until only four competitors were left. Canada's Alex Bilodeau just edged out Patrick Deneen by two one hundreds of a second to finish in 1st place. Deneen was 2nd with American Bradley Wilson earned his first career podium by defeating Russia's Alexandr Smyshlyaev the 3rd place spot on the podium. It was neck and neck with Smyshlyaev when Wilson landed his jump cleanly while the Russian who threw a Truck Driver but sat back on his landing.

Before being edged out by Bilodeau, Deneen defeated teammate Joe Discoe, then Sho Endo for the semifinal.

In the semi-finals, Wilson advanced past Mikael Kingsbury who is ranked #1 in the world when the Canadian lost a ski before the second jump. This ended Kingsbury's streak of 19 straight podiums in World Cup moguls competitions.



There was a big crowd at the Duals and it was filled with celebrities including Stein Erickson, 1952 Olympic slalom Gold Medalist, Donna Weinbrecht, the 1st woman to win an Olympic Gold Medal in Moguls, snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis who is recovering from knee surgery, and many other celebrities.

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