Freestyle Programs

Kingsbury Leads Canadian Sweep

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USSA
2014-01-09 21:26
 

PARK CITY, UT (Jan. 9) – World Cup champion Mikael Kingsbury (Montreal, ON) led a Canadian sweep Thursday at the Visa Freestyle International FIS World Cup at Deer Valley. Alex Bilodeau (Montreal, ON) and Marc-Antoine Gagnon (La Sarre, QC) rounded out the podium sweep, while Dmitriy Reiherd of Kazakhstan finished fourth despite strong winds at the steep 2002 Olympic venue. Young gun Troy Murphy (Bethel, ME) took the top spot for the U.S., earning a career best fifth after advancing to his first-ever World Cup final. The men head back up the hill for another moguls competition Saturday.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • World Cup champion Mikael Kingsbury (Montreal, ON) led a Canadian sweep Thursday at the Visa Freestyle International FIS World Cup at Deer Valley. Kingsbury held onto the yellow bib, leading the FIS World Cup moguls standings.
  • Alex Bilodeau (Montreal, ON) and Marc-Antoine Gagnon (La Sarre, QC) rounded out the podium sweep, while Dmitriy Reiherd of Kazakhstan finished fourth despite strong winds at the steep 2002 Olympic venue.
  • U.S. youngster Troy Murphy (Bethel, ME) earned a career best fifth, advancing to his first-ever World Cup final.
  • Patrick Deneen (Cle Elum, WA) was looking strong until a crash on the bottom air landed him a DNF.
  • Snow dominated the qualifications for much of the day and then clearing skies brought swirling winds for the finals.
  • The U.S. men have three more chances to seal their two required FIS World Cup podiums for Olympic team qualification.
  • A live stream in partnership with Universal Sports on www.usskiteam.com let’s you catch all the action from the Visa Freestyle International. 
  • Also, NBC and NBCSN will provide next-day television coverage of the weekend’s events starting Friday, Jan. 10 at 10:00 p.m. EST. Click here for a full broadcast schedule.
  • The Visa Frestyle International FIS World Cup continues Friday with aerials, and then the men head back up the hill for another moguls competition Saturday.

QUOTES
Troy Murphy
It was crazy. This is actually my first World Cup final and then to make the super final it was amazing. I'm just really happy. I knew that I could do it, it was just whether I'd have the day or not. I've had pretty bad luck the last couple of years, but I always believed I could be here.

I love skiing here. It's definitely my favorite course. I'm super excited for Saturday. It's going to be great. I definitely have much more confidence now.

Todd Schirman, Freestyle Program Director
Patrick [Deneen] has been doing a great job. He’s been training for the Olympic Games. He nailed a 1080 up top and we’re just really happy that he is healthy because it is really dangerous when you crash in front of the jumps, so we’re really stoked he is okay and we are going to come up and kick butt on Saturday.

Troy Murphy is an amazing story. He has been starting here the last couple years and made the team last spring. It proves that he has what it takes and he has World Cup experience behind him. That changes his life and gives him the opportunity to ski more World Cups past North America. That’s his first super final and it really puts him in a new spot because he’s got a great air package and this is really a turner’s course. He kept it tight and did a great job tonight.

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