USA go 1-2-3-4 in ladies moguls, Colas best in men's
It was an incredible day for the USA as Hannah Kearney, Shannon Bahrke, Heather McPhie and Michelle Roark took an unprecedented 1-2-3-4 sweep at the FIS Freestyle World Cup ladies Nature Valley Freestyle Cup moguls in Lake Placid (USA).
For Kearney leading the sweep the showcase was an amazing experience.
"When I got down and crossed the finish line, I looked to the side and there were three U.S. Team uniforms. It was such a good day for the U.S.," Kearney said. "It's an honor to come out on top, even when it is your teammates because those are the best skiers. It definitely creates some buzz going into the Olympics to have four legitimate contenders for a medal. Any of our team members could do it and it's really exciting for the U.S. Ski Team and for the USA."
Also skiing on her "A" game was 2002 Olympic silver medalist Shannon Bahrke who said with time, she was able to improve her season and gain some confidence headed into the Olympics.
"I think it was a really slow start to my season, but as I get in the gate more and have a little more time, I think that everything is really coming together. That really means a lot to me," Bahrke said. "I'm really excited about it and I could not ask for anything more going into the Olympics. The last contest being in second is amazing and it gives me confidence going forward."
Rounding out the podium was McPhie who had her first World Cup win, as well as a second-place finish a week ago.
Guilbaut Colas of France won the event followed by Canadian-born Dale Begg-Smith of Australia in second and Jesper Bjoernlund of Sweden in third. It was the second straight win for Guilbaut Colas who rose to 3rd in World Cup mogul rankings behind Begg-Smith who still leads clearly ahead of the two-time Suomu winner Bjoernlund who ranks 2nd. Alexandre Bilodeau, last season's World Cup champion and one of Canada's top Olympic medal hopes, followed in 4th after a rough start to the day when he crashed twice in practice. Those falls left him with several bumps and bruises and a sore ankle.
The mogul competition in Lake Placid was the last World Cup mogul event before the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver 2010. Action resumes in Lake Placid on Friday with aerials under the lights.