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.
Heather McPhie, Bryon Wilson win in Kreischberg, Kikkan keeps it rolling in the Tour de Ski, Travis Ganong notches a career best in Bormio plus we catch up with Bode Miller at his floating home in San Diego.
KREISCHBERG, Austria (Dec. 22) – Heather McPhie (Bozeman, MT) remained undefeated with a win at the second stop of the FIS Freestyle World Cup circuit on a difficult course in Kreischberg. Teammate Heidi Kloser (Vail, CO) posted the best results of her young career in second. Olympic medalist Bryon Wilson (Butte, MT), whose last podium was two years ago, stayed atop the leader board for most of the day with consistent skiing and huge air to take a career first World Cup win. It was the first ever duals event hosted in Kreischberg. Both moguls and aerials will come together Jan. 19 at the USANA U.S. Freestyle Cup in Lake Placid, NY.
RUKA, Finland (Dec. 15) – Heather McPhie (Bozeman, MT) kicked the season off with a bang, winning the FIS Freestyle World Cup opener in Ruka. Teammate Jeremy Cota (Carrabassett Valley, ME) took third for the men proving that the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team was ready to pick up right where it left off last season. McPhie's back-X and signature D-spin, paired with constant skiing kept her atop the leader board for much of the day. Cota, who was eliminated by Alexander Bilodeau, threw back-full and back-X. Last seasons overall winner, Mikael Kingsbury (Canada) took the win for the men. The U.S. ended with four women in the top 10 and three men in the top six. The World Cup action continues next weekend in Kreischberg, Austria.
PARK CITY, UT (Feb. 2) Olympic Champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) stretched her record win streak to 13 with a victory Thursday Feb. 2 in the Putnam Investments Moguls at the Visa Freestyle International at Deer Valley Resort. Heather McPhie (Bozeman, MT) finished second, with an impressive jumps package. Canadian Mikael Kingsbury took the top spot for the men for his sixth consecutive win on the FIS Freestyle World Cup.
Heidi Kloser has been a sports fanatic since day one. Almost immediately, she realized her true love for skiing. Her father’s background in moguls and her childhood up on a mountain are the two main reasons why she has two sticks attached to her feet most of the time. As soon as she was able to rip up the slopes, Kloser was headed right for the bumps and jumps.