Huge crowds gathered below the moguls course at the 2012 Deer Valley World Cup. (Sarah Brunson, USSA)
PARK CITY, UT (Jan. 26) – The Visa Freestyle International returns to Deer Valley Resort Jan. 30 – Feb. 2 with moguls, aerials and the crowd favorite dual moguls – all under the lights. Events will feature Olympic Champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT), bronze medalist Bryon Wilson (Butte MT), Olympian Emily Cook (Belmont, MA) and a stacked U.S. team to back them. The weekend will be televised on NBC and the NBC Sports Network, plus live coverage of finals for both moguls and aerials on the USSA Network.
The Visa Freestyle International heads to Deer Valley Resort Jan. 31- Feb. 2 for the second domestic event of the season.
All events are World Cup and will count towards qualification for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Top mogul athletes include defending World Cup champion and Olympic medalist Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT), bronze medalist Bryon Wilson (Butte, MT) of Wasatch Freestyle and 2009 World Champion Pat Deneen (Cle Elum, WA).
Top aerial athletes include World Cup podium finisher Dylan Ferguson (Amesbury, MA) and Olympian Emily Cook (Belmont, MA)
Kearney who returned to the competition scene just a few weeks ago after a training crash will be defending her moguls and dual moguls wins from last season.
The event is part of an action-packed weekend in Park City with the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix events during the day before the freestyle action begins at night.
Wednesday night will kick off the event with a concert on lower Main Street
Mogul, dual mogul and aerial finals will be live streamed on the USSA Network will be broadcast on NBC and NBC Sports Network.
The Visa Freestyle International is part of the Utah Sports Commissions winter action sports tour.
BROADCAST SCHEDULE (times ET) Thurs. Jan. 31 - 8:50 p.m. – Visa Freestyle International, Moguls, USSA Network LIVE Fri. Feb 1 - 8:35 p.m. – Visa Freestyle International, Aerials, USSA Network LIVE Sat. Feb. 2 - 12 p.m. – Visa Freestyle International, Moguls, NBC Sports Network Sat. Feb. 2 - 7:50 p.m. – Visa Freestyle International, Dual Moguls, USSA Network LIVE Sun. Feb. 3 - 1 p.m. – Visa Freestyle International, Aerials, NBC Sports Network Sat. Feb. 9 - 2 p.m. - Visa Freestyle International, Highlights, NBC
QUOTES Bryon Wilson, Olympic bronze medalist Deer Valley has alway been incredibly supportive of m career. It is a great feeling to go home and ski in front of my home crowd and shred Champion. Deer Valley is the best venue on the World Cup circuit and everyone always looks forward to competing there. It has the best crowds and the best overall feel. Deer Valley gives me a similar feeling that I had at the Winter Olympics.
Dylan Ferguson, Aerials athlete Unless we are on the road competing, we are in Utah, so to have the best competition venue in our backyard is pretty unbelievable. I had my first World Cup podium at Deer Valley last year so it's a pretty special place for me with a lot of great memories. The crowds are always unbelievable and when you look down the hill and see the thousands of people, you can't help but want to put on a good show for them.