Deer Valley weekend continues with moguls and dual moguls competitions
DEER VALLEY, USA - This week sees FIS Freestyle's annual return to one of the most exciting venues on the World Cup tour, with aerials, moguls, and dual moguls night events taking place from January 8-10 at Utah, USA's, Deer Valley resort.
A World Cup host for nearly every season since 1999/2000 – as well as the venue for moguls and aerials competitions at the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Winter Games – Deer Valley has a deep and committed Freestyle pedigree that makes it one of the great hosts on the tour. With all three days of competition taking place at night under the lights and followed by a full-scale fireworks show, the Deer Valley event is one not to be missed.
After Thursday's aerials World Cup, things continue with moguls competition on Friday night and dual moguls on Saturday on Deer Valley's “Champion” moguls run. The Deer Valley stop will be the third on the moguls World Cup tour in 2014/15, and after last week's competition in Calgary all the men and ladies of the tour should be rounding into top form just in time for the biggest show of the season.
So far in 2014/15 we've seen one each of deal moguls and single moguls competition. At the season-opening dual moguls World Cup in Ruka, Finland, the head-to-head competition lead to some unforeseen results, with many favourites left by the wayside in early knockout rounds.
For the ladies', Yulia Galysheva (KAZ) was able to knock out the always-favourited Hannah Kearney (USA) on her way to taking the second victory of her career, while for the men it was Philippe Marquis (CAN) taking top spot at an event in which his teammate and three-time freestyle overall crystal globe winner Mikael Kingsbury was eliminated in the round of 16.
Last week's Calgary moguls competition went a little more to script, as both Kearney and Kingsbury won their respective events. In the ladies' event at Calgary, Chloe Dufour-Lapointe (CAN) recorded her second straight second-place finish of the season, and sits tied in points with Kearney thus far in the year. Kearney, however, will wear the yellow bib on Friday in Deer Valley, with her win in Calgary acting as the tiebreaker.
Sochi 2014 moguls gold medallist Justine Dufour-Lapointe (CAN), took third at Calgary, after posting a fifth place finish in Ruka. With that result, Justine was able to move herself just ahead of Galysheva and just behind Chloe and Kearney on the moguls standings.
While Kingsbury was able to make his way back onto the top of the podium in Calgary, it is currently Sho Endo (JPN) sitting at the top of the moguls World Cup leaderboard, with his second-place result in Ruka and third-place in Calgary situating him just ahead of the Canadian at this stage in the season. Third on the leaderboard currently belongs to Anthony Benna (FRA), who has two impressive results thus far in 2014/15 after struggling to ski consistently in the past several seasons.
Built to spec for the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Deer Valley's “Champion” moguls course is generally considered to be the venue by which all others are measured. With its super-steep start section, extended middle moguls section, and full 250m course length, the Champion course has for over a dozen years offered the best moguls skiers in the world the biggest challenge they will face all season.
Last year's Deer Valley event featured two single moguls competitions – both of which, on the ladies' side, were won by Hannah Kearney in a typically impressive display of skill. Having announced this as her last competitive season, it will be well worth watching her performance, as one of the greatest Freestyle athletes of all time says goodbye to her favourite venue.
The full Deer Valley program of events can be viewed HERE
Ladies' 2014/15 moguls World Cup standings can be viewed HERE
Men's 2014/15 moguls World Cup standings can be viewed HERE