Kearney & Kingsbury go four for four
Hannah Kearney (USA) and Mikael Kingsbury (CAN) won their fourth consecutive FIS World Cup mogul event this season at Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid on Thursday.
Kingsbury took top spot in the men’s super-final, followed by Patrick Deneen of the US. Philippe Marquis (CAN) took the third place. It was the first World Cup podium for the 21 year-old from Quebec City. Patrick Deneen said after his first season podium: “It's definitely been an interesting event because of all the weather, power outages and delayed training, but then the course workers spent all night on the hill and really softened up the course for us. Those guys are really awesome and I ended up having a really great race.”
In the ladies’ action, Olympic champion Hannah Kearney of the US earned the top of the podium -- her 11th-straight World Cup victory. Kearney’s historic win streak began January 21, 2011 in Lake Placid. The win elevates Kearney past Switzerland’s Conny Kissling for the longest Freestyle World Cup win streak.
“The first two days of training were incredibly tough. Luckily I'm from Vermont and I'm used to crazy conditions.
I had no idea there was a record to be broken. I didn’t know until the finish area today so I'm really excited about that. I know records are just a piece of data but it's a testament to consistency,” commented Kearney
17-year-old Justine Dufour-Lapointe (CAN) earned her third-straight second place finish. Nikola Sudova of the Czech Republic was third.
US Ski Team’s Heather McPhie and Jeremy Cota narrowly missed the podium with 4th place finishes in front of the home crowd.
Weather hampered moguls training, but the Whiteface crew put in tremendous effort for a successful event
The USANA Freestyle Cup continues Friday and Saturday with aerials events under the lights at the Olympic Jumping Complex.