CALGARY, Alberta (Jan. 30, 2016) – Six U.S. athletes posted top-20 finishes at the FIS Freestyle Skiing moguls World Cup at the Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta on Saturday. Mikaela Matthews (Frisco, CO) lead the charge for the women, finishing 8th, while Jeremy Cota (Carabassett Valley, ME) was the top men’s finisher in 12th.
The Canadian team performed once again on their home turf with Chloe Dufour-LaPointe, Justine Dufour LaPointe and Andi Naude sweeping the podium for the women. Mikael Kingsbury and Philippe Marquis went one-two for Canada on the men’s podium, with Japan’s Sho Endo taking third.
After an 18th place finish last week in Val St. Come, Matthews came back in to form and secured the 12th top-10 finish of her career. Her skiing and jumping were strong, but slower speed in her first final run kept her out of the top six for the super final.
CALGARY, Alberta (Jan. 28, 2016) – The U.S. Freestyle Moguls Ski Team will make its third stop on the FIS Freestyle World Cup this weekend at the Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta. Moguls competition will take place on Saturday.
After an extended training block, both the men's and women’s teams had solid results at last weekend’s World Cup in Val St. Come, Quebec. The men really pushed their speed and degree of difficulty, but a few small mistakes kept them off the podium. Young guns Nessa Dziemian (East Hampstead, NH) and Jaelin Kauf (Steamboat Springs, CO) both had strong runs and lead the charge for the U.S. women, with Dziemian posting her best World Cup finish and Kauf notching a top 20 in her first World Cup appearance. Coming in to Calgary, the opportunity exists for both the World Cup veterans and new comers to really step it up.
VAL ST. COME, Quebec (Jan. 23, 2016) – The Canadian freestyle moguls team occupied five of six podium spots on Saturday’s World Cup competition in Val St. Come.
Mikael Kingsbury didn’t miss a beat as he dominated the field to take the win on the men’s side while teammate Laurent Dumais took third. After missing the top 10 at the World Cup opener in Ruka, Justine Dufour-LaPointe landed back on top of the women’s podium, leading a sweep with her sisters Chloe and Maxime.
The U.S. team qualified six athletes, including Tom Rowley (Long Beach, NY), Dylan Walczyk (Rochester, NY), Jeremy Cota (Carrabassett Valley, ME), Nessa Dziemian (East Hampstead, NH), Jaelin Kauf (Steamboat Springs, CO) and Keaton McCargo (Telluride, CO), through to the final rounds. Dziemian put down a strong run in final one but suffered a crash in the middle section of the course on final two. She still posted her best World Cup result with a sixth place finish.
RUKA, Finland (Dec. 12, 2015) – In a Lapland winter wonderland, Mikaela Matthews (Frisco, CO) put down seven clean runs on Ruka’s steep mogul course, claiming her first career World Cup win at the 2016 FIS Freestyle dual moguls opener.
The U.S. team advanced six women into the finals, with Matthews and Keaton McCargo (Telluride, CO) advancing through to the round of 16. McCargo lost her dual against Kazakstan’s Yulia Galysheva, making Matthews the lone U.S. contender for the next four duals.
“I felt in it,” stated Matthews. “I had line choice all day until my final dual, but because the lines were so even I wasn’t really worried about it. Coming into that final dual I missed a few turns off the top air. There was definitely an internal battle going on. I definitely could have blown out, but I just kept telling myself ‘don’t blow out.’ I told myself to stick with it and get on my toes, and it ended up working out.”
RUKA, Finland (Dec. 10, 2015) – The U.S. Freestyle Moguls Ski Team returns to competition this Saturday as the 2015-16 FIS Freestyle moguls World Cup kicks offs in Ruka, Finland. Athletes will have two days of official training before the Dec. 12 dual moguls event. Twelve athletes from the U.S. team will go head-to-head against a stacked international field.
Nestled just below the article circle, Ruka is a snowy, dark winter wonderland. Athletes only see the sun for a few hours per day, which means the majority of their training takes place under the lights.
Jeremy Cota trains under the lights in Ruka ahead of the World Cup opener.
In our exclusive Take 5 interview, Heidi shared her challenges and lessons stemming from a highly publicized, highly complex right knee injury. The injury occurred in Sochi, Russia, in Heidi’s first training run the morning of the moguls event at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
PARK CITY, UT (Jan. 21) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association announced the nomination of nine moguls and aerials athletes to the U.S. Olympic Freestyle Ski Team. The team will be led by reigning Olympic Champion Hannah Kearney and Olympians Patrick Deneen, Heather McPhie, Emily Cook and Ashley Caldwell. The athletes were nominated based on results on the International Ski Federation World Cup.
VAL ST. COME, QC (Jan. 19) – Bradley Wilson (Butte, MT) secured his spot on the U.S. Olympic freestyle team Sunday with a third-place finish at the moguls FIS World Cup at Val St. Come. It was his second podium in a week after his third-place finish at Lake Placid Jan. 15, giving him the minimum criteria for qualification. Alex Bilodeau of Canada took the win for the men while teammate Chloe Dufour-Lapointe won for the women. Sunday closed the Olympic selection period. Official team nominations will be announced Jan. 21.
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LAKE PLACID, NY (Jan.15) - The U.S. Ski Team’s moguls squad took four of six spots today at the USANA Freestyle World Cup in Lake Placid. Heidi Kloser (Vail, CO) and Pat Deneen (Cle Elum, WA) both took second and Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) and Brad Wilson (Butte, MT) took third. It was the second podium of the season for Deneen, clinching an Olympic nomination. Canadians Alex Bilodeau and Justine Durfour-Lapointe took the top spots. The moguls team now heads to Val St. Come for the last qualifying event before the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Feb. 15) - Olympic champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) won under the lights in Rosa Khutor to lead a dominant day for the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team. Eliza Outtrim (Camden, CT) was second with Heather McPhie (Bozeman, MT) fourth - missing the podium on a tiebreaker. Patrick Deneen (Cle Elum, WA) was second in the men's to Canada's Mikael Kingsbury. It was a strong day for the USA with six women making the round of 16 semifinals and four moving on into the six personal finals. The win boosted Kearney into the World Cup moguls lead for the first time this season.