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Kearney Back On Top in Inawashiro
INAWASHIRO, Japan (March 2) – Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) retook her spot at the top of the World Cup moguls standings Sunday with a win at the Inawashiro dual moguls competition. She answered swiftly after a DNF Saturday to take back the yellow bib from Canada’s Justine Dufour-Lapointe, who finished ninth Sunday. Pat Deneen (Cle Elum, WA) skied into the top spot for the men in fifth behind duals winner Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury. Next, the World Cup tour heads to Voss, Norway for a moguls and dual moguls event March 15-16.
- Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) retook her spot at the top of the World Cup moguls standings Sunday with a win at the Inawashiro dual moguls competition.
- She answered swiftly after a DNF Saturday to take back the yellow bib from Canada’s Justine Dufour-Lapointe, who finished ninth Sunday. Kearney leads with a 590-565 margin.
- Kearney beat Elena Muratova of Russia for the win in the final head-to-head battle. It was her first-ever victory at the tricky Japanese venue.
- Heather McPhie (Bozeman, MT) finished just off the podium after losing the fight for third to Japan’s Junko Hoshino.
- Four U.S. women skied into the top ten with Sophia Schwartz (Steamboat Springs, CO) seventh and Eliza Outtrim (Hamden, CT) tenth. Ali Kariotis (Tiburon, CA) finished 14th.
- Patrick Deneen (Cle Elum, WA) skied into the top spot for the men in fifth, while Bradley Wilson and brother Bryon Wilson (both Butte, MT) skied head-to-head in the first round. Bryon beat Bradley and went on to finish seventh, putting Bradley in 11th after taking the win in Saturday’s moguls competition.
- Joe Discoe (Telluride, CO), Jeremy Cota (Carrabassett Valley, ME) and Troy Murphy (Bethel, ME) also skied in the first round of 16, where they finished 12th, 14th and 16th respectively.
- Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury took the top spot over Sho Endo with Pascal-olivier Gagne third.
- Sunday was the first dual moguls event of the season. The preceding World Cup events utilized a new Olympic format in advance of the moguls event at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
- New snow and fog brought a few delays in the early stages of Sunday’s event, but it went smoothly once the athletes began skiing.
- Next, the World Cup tour heads to Voss, Norway for a moguls and dual moguls event March 15-16.
There's always an element of luck with mogul skiing. I had a bad top jump yesterday after I hit the mogul, exploded and lost my ski. It was definitely rough but it was up to me to not feel sorry for myself after a few bad results. I talked to all my coaches today and I knew I needed to just focus on my skiing skills and getting down the course. Not the yellow bib, or the globe or the Olympics or my retirement. And turns out I had a much better result.
This was the best I've ever skied on this course. My best result here before today was third. It's a challenging course. We woke up with about three inches of fresh powder but the snow here is packed. It's warm and humid with some deep moguls.
Sun, 02 Mar 2014 13:13:35 +0000
Wilson First and McPhie Second in Japan
INAWASHIRO, Japan (Mar. 1) – Olympian Bradley Wilson (Butte, MT) earned his second career World Cup victory Saturday in a strong return to World Cup moguls competition after the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. Fellow Olympic Team member Heather McPhie (Bozeman, MT) took her first podium of the season with second in the women’s event set on the tricky Japanese course. Canadian Justine Dufour-Lapointe took the victory for the women, while three other Canadians filled out the top four in the men’s event. The men and women head back up the hill Sunday to take on dual moguls.
- Olympian Bradley Wilson (Butte, MT) earned his second career World Cup victory Saturday in a strong return to World Cup moguls competition after the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
- Wilson’s first World Cup victory came on this course a year ago. He took Saturday’s win after throwing a back-X on the top air and a cork 720 on the bottom air in his final run.
- Joe Discoe (Telluride, CO) and Dylan Walczyk (Rochester, NY) finished seventh and eighth after advancing to finals on the difficult course.
- Three Canadians, Marc-Antoine Gagnon, Mikael Kingsbury and Alex Bilodeau, filled out the top four in the men’s event.
- Fellow Olympic Team member Heather McPhie (Bozeman, MT) took her first podium of the season with second in the women’s event.
- Eliza Outtrim (Hamden, CT) also advanced to the superfinal round and finished just off the podium in fourth. Sophia Schwartz (Steamboat Springs, CO) and Ali Kariotis (Tiburon, CA) made it through to the final and finished ninth and 12th respectively.
- Canadian Justine Dufour-Lapointe took the victory for the women with her sister Maxime Dufour-Lapointe in the third spot.
- Olympic bronze medalist Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) over rotated on the top air and lost a ski for a DNF. Kearney remains second in the World Cup moguls standings.
- Persistent fog throughout the training period and soft snow added to the difficulty of the infamously intimidating course. The fog lifted Saturday, but the top jump threw off many of the athletes with its steep landing.
- The men and women head back up the hill Sunday to take on dual moguls.
What I like about this course is when you show up you have to adapt to everything that happens here. By the time your run comes you just have to figure it out. I didn't train any top to bottoms today, but you just show up and you have to be able to make it happen. I had such a good time with it. You just go for it! The course isn't stock like some of the other ones are during the season. It tests you and your ability to do what you need to do whatever the conditions are.
I've never had great results on this course, so I just showed up and promised myself I would enjoy it. I wouldn't concentrate or stress too much on the results. I learned again today that I need to just trust my skiing.
The top air here is really tricky. It's got a really steep landing and if you make it about four bumps out of the top air you should be feeling good and you can go for the speed. The bottom of the course is much flatter than the top so it's helpful to have experience on this course. It was also helpful that the course was super soft, which I am more comfortable with.
Sat, 01 Mar 2014 12:35:26 +0000
Deer Valley to Host U.S. Freestyle Champs
PARK CITY, UT (Feb. 26) - The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has now confirmed Deer Valley Resort as the site for the 2014 USANA U.S. Freestyle Championships Mar. 28 – Mar. 30. The world-class World Cup site will host U.S. athletes as they come together for the final event of the season to battle it out for the U.S. title. Leading the team will be two-time Olympian Pat Deneen (Cle Elum, WA) and two-time Olympian Ashley Caldwell (Ashburn, VA).
- Deer Valley Resort will play host to the 2014 USANA U.S. Freeestyle Championships March 28-30 and will be the final freestyle event of the 2013-14 season.
- Championship events will include moguls, dual moguls and aerials.
- Two-time Olympian Pat Deneen (Cle Elum, WA) will lead the moguls team along with 2010 Olympic medalist Bryon Wilson (Butte, MT) and his brother, 2014 Olympian Bradley Wilson (also Butte).
- Ashley Caldwell (Ashburn, VA), also a two-time Olympian, will lead the aerials team along with Olympian Mac Bohonnon (Madison, CT), who finished 5th in the 2014 Sochi Games.
- The event was moved from its originally scheduled location at Heavenly.
- Deer Valley is one of the world’s most renowned freestyle venues, having played host to the World Championships twice and a perennial stop on the FIS World Cup tour.
2014 U.S. FREESTYLE CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE
Friday, March 28
Men’s and women’s moguls
Saturday, March 29
Men’s and women’s aerials
Sunday, March 30
Men’s and women’s dual moguls
Bob Wheaton, Deer Valley President and CEO
Deer Valley is pleased to be able to step in and host the USANA U.S. Freestyle Championships for our partners at the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team. We are excited to showcase our athletes right on the heels of the Winter Games and offer our guests a chance to see them compete.
Calum Clark, Vice President, Events, USSA
Deer Valley is the preeminent venue worldwide in freestyle skiing and will provide the platform for a great conclusion to the Olympic season.
Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:14:36 +0000
Sochi Olympic Winter Games Recap
SOCHI, Russia (Feb. 23) – A record-matching 17 Team USA skiers and snowboarders left the Sochi Olympic Winter Games with medals, including a record eight gold. From Sage Kotsenburg’s opening day slopestyle snowboarding gold to teen Mikaela Shiffrin’s brilliant slalom win under the lights Friday night, the American athletes electrified Sochi fans and NBC viewers coast-to-coast. The performances were punctuated with five athletes winning alpine medals along with eight of 18 medals in new freeskiing and snowboarding events. The new events were received well by the International Olympic Committee for bringing a relevant, youthful feel to the competition program.
SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING HIGHLIGHTS
- Seventeen athletes won Olympic medals, matching record set in Vancouver.
- Eight athletes won gold, the most ever (previous best six in Vancouver).
- U.S. athletes won six of 12 medals, including three of four gold, in the new freeskiing events of halfpipe and slopestyle skiing, highlighted by a sweep of the men’s slopestyle medals and sweep of the men’s and women’s halfpipe skiing gold.
- U.S. athletes swept men’s and women’s gold in new event of slopestyle snowboarding.
- The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association played a vital role in the lobbying efforts to bring the new youthful action sports to the Games. The events were acknowledged by the International Olympic Committee for their relevance to youth and the actual activities taking place in terrain parks and halfpipes at ski resorts worldwide.
- Bode Miller won his sixth Olympic medal, putting him second on the all-time U.S. Winter Olympians list (Apolo Anton Ohno leads with eight) and second on the all-time skiing list (Kjetil Andre Aamodt of Norway leads with eight).
- Julia Mancuso extended her record with the most Olympic medals by a U.S. woman skier or snowboarder now with four.
- Mikaela Shiffrin became the youngest women’s slalom Olympic champion.
Gold - Ted Ligety, giant slalom
Gold – Mikaela Shiffrin, slalom
Silver – Andrew Weibrecht, super G
Bronze – Julia Mancuso, super combined
Bronze – Bode Miller, super G
Gold – Joss Christensen, slopestyle
Gold – Maddie Bowman, halfpipe
Gold – David Wise, halfpipe
Silver – Gus Kenworthy, slopestyle
Silver – Devin Logan, slopestyle
Bronze – Nick Goepper, slopestyle
Bronze – Hannah Kearney, moguls
Gold – Jamie Anderson, slopestyle
Gold – Kaitlyn Farrington, halfpipe
Gold – Sage Kotsenburg, slopestyle
Bronze – Kelly Clark, halfpipe
Bronze – Alex Deibold, snowboardcross
Bill Marolt, President and CEO, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association
Sochi 2014 was a remarkable Olympics with efficient organization and a contagious spirit from the Russian people. We brought a team that was well prepared to compete for medals with athletes who distinguished themselves as outstanding Olympians. The new events in freeskiing and snowboarding were a positive addition. The mix of great performances from our sport heroes plus the introduction of new stars will inspire a new generation of Olympians.
Luke Bodensteiner, Executive Vice President, Athletics, USSA
The Olympics is a magnificent showcase for athletes – the toughest courses, the closest competition, the highest stakes. Time and time again we see that amidst all the political discussions and turmoil, it is the athletes who rise above and put on a show.
The success of our entire team, especially our 17 Olympic medalists, is a tribute to the hard work each of them put in leading up to Sochi and their innovation in performing on tough courses against athletes who were equally motivated. It’s a real credit to our high performance team, and the U.S. Olympic Committee, for the work that was done to ensure we had the right advance training and proper infrastructure here in Sochi to provide those athletes with the opportunity. Now it’s time to learn from our experiences and set our sights on PyeongChang.
New Olympic Events
Some years ago we identified a range of new events in freeskiing and snowboarding that were extremely popular with youth. Our success in winning six of 12 medals in freeskiing halfpipe and slopestyle, plus both titles in slopestyle snowboarding, are a testament to the opportunities our American resorts are offering youth and their ability to rise up as Olympic athletes.
Sun, 23 Feb 2014 16:08:44 +0000
Bohonnon Fifth in First Olympics
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Feb. 17) – Mac Bohonnon (Madison, CT) pulled out an impressive fifth Monday during his first-ever Olympic appearance at the men’s aerials event of the 2014 Sochi Games. The USSA Team Academy student landed a full double full full, but did not advance to the four-man super final, where Anton Kushnir of Belarus earned gold. The men’s event will air on both NBC’s Daytime Olympic coverage at 3:00 p.m. EST and on NBC’s primetime programming at 8:00 p.m. EST. As always, the event can be streamed in its entirety on NBCOlympics.com.
- Mac Bohonnon (Madison, CT) pulled out an impressive fifth Monday during his first-ever Olympic appearance at the men’s aerials event of the 2014 Sochi Games.
- The USSA Team Academy student landed a full double full full in front of a packed crowd that included his entire family. The jump placed him in the top three during the second final. He was in fourth when Guangpu Qi of China landed an impressive jump and prevented Bohonnon from advancing to the four-man superfinal.
- Anton Kushnir of Belarus earned the gold medal, the second aerials gold for his country at the 2014 Sochi Games. Australian David Morris took home the silver with China’s Zongyang Jia bronze.
- Bohonnon was named the 2014 FIS World Cup Rookie of the Year in January, a week after his career-first World Cup podium in Val St. Come, Quebec that also earned him a spot on the Olympic Team. He was the only man competing in aerials for Team USA.
- Fog wrapped the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park venue all afternoon but dissipated just before qualifications, making for a great competition under the lights of the stadium.
- The men’s event will air on both NBC’s Daytime Olympic coverage at 3:00 p.m. EST and on NBC’s primetime programming at 8:00 p.m. EST. As always, the event can be streamed in its entirety on NBCOlympics.com.
If you had told me in October that I would be at the Olympics I would have had a hard time believing you. And then if you told me I would get fifth I definitely wouldn't have believed you.
I was able to prove to myself that on the Olympic stage, with the most pressure, I can stay in my routine and not get too worked up. I've trained for this for six years and it's an unbelievable feeling to see it pay off. Especially since the field here is insanely competitive.
Training and going to school at the USSA Team Academy has helped me get the extra edge I needed to get me where I am today. To have everything I need to succeed at my fingertips makes all the difference to me as an athlete.
Mon, 17 Feb 2014 19:05:10 +0000
Cook Eighth in Sochi Aerials
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Feb. 14) – Three-time Olympian Emily Cook (Belmont, MA) landed the top result for the USA in eighth Friday night during her final Olympic appearance at the women’s aerials event of the 2014 Sochi Games. Alla Tsuper of Belarus went on to earn the gold medal ahead of 2010 Olympic champion Mengtao Xu of China, who settled for silver. The women’s aerials event can be streamed in its entirety on NBCOlympics.com. Next, the men take to the aerials hill for qualifications and the final medal rounds Monday Feb. 17.
- Emily Cook (Belmont, MA) landed the top result for the USA in eighth Friday night during the women’s aerials event at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, her final Olympic appearance.
- Cook advanced to the second, eight-person final, where she notched the best Olympic result of her career after an 11th in Vancouver and 19th in Torino.
- Ashley Caldwell (Ashburn, VA) became the first U.S. woman in history to throw a full, full, full in competition during Friday’s qualification round, which put her in first place going into the final rounds. Caldwell was planning to unleash her game-changing jump in a later final, but she did not advance past the first final and finished 10th.
- Alla Tsuper of Belarus went on to earn the gold medal ahead of 2010 Olympic champion Mengtao Xu of China, who settled for silver. Lydia Lassila of Australia took home the bronze.
- The women’s aerials event can be streamed in its entirety on NBCOlympics.com.
- Next, the men take to the aerials hill for qualifications and finals Monday Feb. 17.
Obviously I came here to win a medal and bring one home for Team USA, but I’m definitely trying right now to just take a moment and think about this whole career. It’s been amazing and it’s something I’m very proud of. I’m incredibly honored to be here representing Team USA. I’ve been jumping awesome and I’m happy. I’m excited for the next adventure.
This is definitely the last Olympics, for sure. I’m so happy. It’s been such a long road and so many ups and downs. This sport is so fun. Yes, this will be my last Olympics, but I don’t really plan on going anywhere. I’ll be around, I’ll be supporting these guys for a long time. This team is amazing and I look forward to be a part of it for a long time.
Fri, 14 Feb 2014 19:27:00 +0000
Deneen Sixth in Moguls
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Feb. 10) - Patrick Deneen (Cle Elum, WA) skied his way into the medal finals, ending up sixth in the Olympic moguls competition at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. Canada's Alex Bilodeau made history, becoming the first freestyle athlete to repeat gold. His teammate Mikael Kingsbury won silver with Russia's Alexandr Smyshlyaev lighting up the crowd with bronze.
- Patrick Deneen (Cle Elum, WA) skied to sixth in the Olympic moguls competition at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.
- Alex Bilodeau led a Canadian onslaught repeating as gold medalist with teammate Mikael Kingsbury silver and Russia Alexandr Smyshyaev bronze.
- Deneen was on the bubble in the round of 12 when Canada's Philippe Marquis dropped to eighth, paving the way for Deneen to climb into the medals round.
- Brad Wilson (Butte, MT) was 20th, going out in the round of 20 when he did a full body touch on his top air, bouncing back up but his fate was sealed.
- The HAM Moguls Stadium was jam packed and on its edge for Smyshyaev.
- Aerials training continues tomorrow. The ladies compete on the 14th and the men on the 17th.
The Canadians have a few really strong skiers and today they showed that. The course is pretty crazy. It's a little different than it was yesterday and we're having to adapt to that each time. It's part of the sport though and it's something we know and adapt to as much as we can. The course didn't freeze last night like we wanted and it was warmer today which definitely had an affect on the hill.
Mon, 10 Feb 2014 19:56:11 +0000
Kearney Takes Moguls Bronze
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Feb. 8) – One kick-out at the top of a rugged moguls course stole gold from Olympic champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT). The veteran Kearney reigned in a wild run to earn an Olympic bronze medal during a fierce women’s moguls super final at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games Saturday night. While she didn't win a cherished second gold, she joined Shannon Bahrke as the second double medalist in her sport. Canadian Justine Dufour-Lapointe won the gold medal while her older sister Chloe Dufour-Lapointe took silver. This year’s competition featured a new format that required a total of three final rounds for the top six skiers. The women’s final will air on NBC’s primetime Olympic coverage Saturday at 8:00 p.m. EST.
- One kick-out at the top of a rugged moguls course stole gold from Olympic champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT).
- The veteran Kearney reigned in a wild run to earn an Olympic bronze medal during a fierce women’s moguls superfinal at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games Saturday night.
- While she didn't win a cherished second gold, she joined Shannon Bahrke as the second double medalist in her sport.
- An emotional Kearney fought bravely through tears at the post event press conference, expressing her sorrow at missing her goal but pride in becoming a two-time Olympic medalist.
- Canadian Justine Dufour-Lapointe won the gold medal while her older sister Chloe Dufour-Lapointe took silver.
- Eliza Outtrim (Hamden, CT) also advanced to the final, finishing sixth in her first Olympic appearance.
- Heather McPhie (Bozeman, MT) qualified for the semifinal Saturday but just missed the bump up to the 12-person final, finishing 13th.
- This year’s competition featured a new format that required a total of three final rounds for the top six skiers.
- On Saturday the top 20 athletes, based on previous qualifications, skied a run apiece with the top 12 of that round advancing to finals. Then the top six from the first final round advanced to the super final round to compete for the podium.
- The women’s final will air on NBC’s primetime Olympic coverage Saturday at 8:00 p.m. EST.
- The men take to the moguls venue Monday Feb. 10, and the event can be streamed live on NBCOlympics.com at 9:00 a.m. EST.
I wanted that gold medal. And I skied great. But I made a few mistakes. And you don't win the Olympics when you make mistakes. I'm proud to contribute to the medals count for Team USA at the Olympics. But right now I'm very disappointed.
You don't prepare for this moment - you prepare for success. But life does not always go according to plan. Usually there is a reason. And you learn from it.
I knew if I didn't win a gold I would be very disappointed. It meant I did something incorrectly. I worked really hard the last four years. Probably even tomorrow morning I'll feel a lot better.
I didn't realize the mistake was that bad. I was off balance. I'm strong. So I pulled it back together. I hopefully showed some mental strength by cleaning up the rest of my run. I'll have to treat this bronze medal as a reward for fighting and not perfection.
I think my best run was in the first final, unfortunately. This new format is a huge game of consistency, so I think it was hard for me to keep that consistency all the way through. And this course is not forgiving at all. You get a little bit off and it’s really hard to get back, and I was pretty much just saving myself in that last run.
It’s been a great experience and I have no regrets. I think I skied as hard as I could have. I was trying not to get ahead of myself before each run. I was really just trying to focus on what I need to do that time, and I think that worked in my favor because I kept moving onto the next round. That last run I had–I haven’t skied like that all week. So I think it was a little bit of bad luck. I really haven’t skied that sloppy and all over the place all week.
Those bumps coming out of the top air are firm and big, so they were throwing people a little bit today. Hannah was going much bigger on the top air than most of the other girls. So when she came out of that top air she hit that first bump and I think she was a little backseat on it, but I think she still skied great.
Sat, 08 Feb 2014 20:43:48 +0000
Kearney Leads Sochi Qualifications
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Feb. 6) – Women's moguls kicked off Thursday with the first round of Olympic qualifications. Defending Olympic champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) took the top spot and Eliza Outtrim (Hamden, CT) finished fourth, automatically advancing them to the semifinal round of 20. Kearney is gunning for her second gold medal and would be the only freestyle skier to ever win back-to-back gold. Thursday was the first time the new competition format was used in the Olympics as well as the first time the athletes used it this season. Women’s finals are set for Saturday Feb. 8, and men’s qualifications and finals are both scheduled for Monday Feb. 10.
- Women's moguls kicked off Thursday with the first round of Olympic qualifications. Defending Olympic champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) took the top spot and Eliza Outtrim (Hamden, CT) took fourth, automatically advancing them to the semifinal round of 20.
- Kearney is gunning for her second gold medal and would be the only freestyle skier to ever win back-to-back gold.
- This is the first time the new format has been used in the Olympics as well as the first time the athletes have used it this season.
- In the new format, all 30 athletes take one run and the top 10 automatically advance to semifinals. The remaining 20 take another run and the top 10 from that round make up the final 20 going into semifinals. The 20 then ski with the top 12 of that round advancing to finals. Then the top six from the final advance to the super final round to compete for the podium.
- Athletes could take a total of five runs using this format, which favors the strongest, best-trained athletes that can endure the extended format.
- Thursday was only the first round of qualifications, where Heather McPhie (Bozeman, MT) laid down a solid run finishing 14th. She will have to ski an extra run and earn a top 10 spot on Saturday to advance to the top 20 semifinal round.
- Team USA freestyle moguls skier Heidi Kloser (Vail, CO) is being treated for a right knee injury after crashing on the top jump during moguls qualifications training Thursday at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. She was transported from the hill to the nearby poly clinic in the athlete village for evaluation.
- The qualification took place on a clear night under the lights while the sunset painted the surrounding peaks a bright shade of orange and pink.
- Women’s finals are set for Saturday Feb. 8, and men’s qualifications and finals are both scheduled for Monday Feb. 10.
It didn't feel like the Olympics until I was standing at the top watching Eliza at the gate and I took a second and looked at our Olympic bibs. Then it hit me that we're here.
I always ski better after I get the first one out of the way. I was a little frustrated that I didn't fully get my grab on the bottom air. I did in practice, which is frustrating that I didn't do it when it counted but also encouraging knowing I'm totally capable of getting it.
The new format is good for us because I can say quite confidently that we are the most fit and the strongest team out there. If you've seen the Center of Excellence in Utah you'd know that it's the nicest training venue you could ask for. We're all ready to ski a lot of runs in a row.
Thu, 06 Feb 2014 17:15:30 +0000
U.S. Moguls Squad Talks Sochi Venue
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (Feb. 3) - A vibrant U.S. Freestyle Moguls squad expressed confidence in their abilities on the Rosa Khutor venue at an opening press conference Monday at the Gorki Press Center. Eliza Outtrim (Hamden, CT) and Heidi Kloser (Vail, CO) talked about their first Olympic experiences. Bradley Wilson (Butte, MT) revealed tips from Olympian brother Bryon. And Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) talked about the level of fitness required to ski moguls and the advantage Team USA may have in the new multi-round format. U.S. Freestyle Moguls athletes are gearing up for the first women’s moguls qualification Thursday, Feb 6, with the women’s final Saturday, Feb. 8. The men’s moguls qualification and finals are scheduled for Monday, Feb. 10.
- The U.S. Ski Team's moguls squad opened the pre-Olympic week in Sochi with a well-attended press conference at the Gorki Media Center in Krasnaya Polyana.
- The team began training this past weekend at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
- The new multi-round format was a big topic, with athletes talking to their fitness levels as a key to success. "Have you seen my thighs?" said Olympic champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT). "I'm made for moguls skiing."
- First-time Olympian Bradley Wilson (Butte, MT) got some valuable tips from his brother, 2010 bronze medalist Bryon, to enjoy the moment.
- Another first time Olympian, Eliza Outtrim (Hamden, CT), took confidence in the fact that she was on the podium a year ago. "Coming here knowing I can ski this course well gives me confidence."
- U.S. Freestyle Moguls athletes are gearing up for the first women’s moguls qualification Thursday, Feb 6, with the women’s final Saturday, Feb. 8. The men’s moguls qualification and finals are scheduled for Monday, Feb. 10.
Conditions don't really affect us that much. We've all skied on every different condition and we are able to get up there and ski no matter where we are.
You can't really prepare for your first Olympics because the only version you have is what you've seen on TV. But in the last eight years a lot has changed from my training to my attitude to my body. I'm stronger all around. Torino seems like a dream, like a version of my self I can barely remember.
Having the Olympic champion title has had a huge impact on my life in that I will always be your 2010 Olympic champion. But it doesn't change how I train except I know that everyone wants to beat me. When you're on top you can only go down or stay there. It's easier to be the underdog and I use that as motivation.
My dreams have been to come here, to the Olympics, and to be here is just a dream come true. It’s surreal, and all that hard work that we put into this is starting to pay off. I’m really excited to go up and have some fun.
Mon, 03 Feb 2014 21:46:42 +0000