Heil clinches fifth moguls World Cup title

13 March 2010 12:20

Jennifer Heil (CAN) clinched the ladies' moguls FIS World Cup title for the 2009/2010 season in the Freestyle FIS World Cup events held in Are (SWE).

Heil lost her semifinal dual to Olympic champion Hannah Kearney of the U.S., but finished third in the ladies dual moguls after winning the run against Eliza Outtrim of the U.S. The title gave Heil, 26, her fifth crystal globe, to tie the record set by American Donna Weinbrecht.

"I would have to say this is one of the sweetest," said Heil of her five crystal globes, after winning others in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.

"It's definitely a challenge to stay on top," added Heil. "To tie Donna for the all-time record is definitely nothing I had imagined when I started the sport."

Saturday's dual moguls for ladies finished with Kearney defeating teammate Shannon Bahrke for the day victory. That moved Kearney into second in the overall standings with 566 points. Heil, with one event left in the season, has 725 points.

The men's overall moguls title is still up for grabs after Guilbaut Colas of France won Saturday's duel over Maxime Gingras of Canada. Patrick Deneen of the U.S. followed Friday's 2nd place finish in moguls with a third in dual moguls.

Dale Begg-Smith of Australia placed 10th to remain atop the men's overall moguls standings. He has 613 points.

Olympic champion Alex Bilodeau of Rosemere, Que., is fourth, but likely sidelined for the remainder of the World Cup campaign with a badly sprained left ankle that he suffered in training Thursday.

The World Cup finale is March 18 in Sierra Nevada, Spain.