Patrick Deneen scored a victory Saturday in Are, Sweden in the FIS Freestyle dual moguls World Cup. (Getty Images-Matthew Stockman)
ARE, Sweden (Mar. 10) – Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) and Patrick Deneen (Cle Elum, WA) dueled their way to victory in Saturday’s FIS Freestyle dual moguls World Cup. U.S. skiers took four of the six podium positions, with Jeremy Cota (Carrabassett Valley, ME) second and Heather McPhie (Bozeman, MT) finishing third.
Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) wwon her 11th World Cup of the season with back-to-back wins in Are, Sweden.
Kearney qualified in first giving her choice of lanes for each dual.
Patrick Deneen (Cle Elum, WA) earned his second victory of the year after beating teammates Bradley Wilson (Butte, MT) in the semifinal and Jeremy Cota (Carrabassett Valley, ME) in the finals.
Cota finished second after besting World Cup leader Mikael Kingsbury of Canada in the semifinals.
Cota remains second in the moguls standings with 629 points. Deneen is third with 615.
Heather McPhie (Bozeman, MT) stood on her fourth podium of the year, finishing third. McPhie is fourth in the moguls World Cup standings.
Five women made finals; Kearney first, Heather McPhie third, Mikaela Mathews (Frisco, CO) seventh, Brittany Loweree (Point Lookout, NY) 12th, and K.C. Oakley (Piedmont, CA) was 13th.
The U.S. put four men into the top four in Saturday’s dual moguls finals; Deneen first, Cota second, Wilson fourth and Joe Discoe (Telluride, CO) seventh.
World Cup competition concludes in Megeve, France on Mar. 18 for the World Cup Finals.
QUOTES Hannah Kearney My qualifying run was very strong, with clean airs and about as fast as my finals run yesterday, so felt good going into the break. Since I qualified in first I knew which line I was skiing, which was advantageous since training was cancelled.
I skied four duals, all decent runs, with my last one being the most aggressive. I found the balance today of being on the edge and being in control. I charged the middle and executed my jumps the best I could.
I am very confident going forward into the World Cup Finals in France. My goal there is to soak it all up, good food and hopefully a good course and a good result.
Patrick Deneen It feels really great to be back on top of the podium, especially since I didn’t have the results I wanted in singles. It’s great to nail five runs in a row super clean, just skiing super consistent.
We had a super long day, between weather and some technical difficulties it turned into a long one. I just kept it going all the way through finals.
One and two for the US men is a good day, and with one and three for the women, the team did really well today.