On a beautiful bluebird day, Heather McPhie throws a big D spin to win her third FIS World Cup mogul competition of the season. (U.S. Ski Team/Garth Hager)
ARE, Sweden (March 15) – On a beautiful bluebird day, Heather McPhie (Bozeman, MT) won her third FIS World Cup mogul competition of the season. The fast course rocketed Eliza Outtrim (Hamden, CT) into second place and onto her fourth podium of the season, and it allowed Patrick Deneen’s (Cle Elum, WA) speed and amplitude to land him a second place finish for the men. World Champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) landed in 14th place, knocking her out of the World Cup point lead.
Heather McPhie (Bozeman, MT) earned her third first place finish of the season in the FIS World Cup mogul competition in Are, Sweden.
She threw a 360 on top and a back X on the bottom.
Deneen has earned seven podiums this season including two bronze medals at World Championships.
Deneen did a D7 on the top air and a huge back X on bottom.
Dylan Walczyk (Breckenridge, CO) had fastest time of the day and ended the day in fourth.
This season has been a career best international performance for Walczyk who earned his career first podium in Lake Placid.
World Champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) landed in 14th place, knocking her out of the World Cup point lead and changing her yellow bib status.
She got a little on her heels after the top landing and landed back and low on the bottom landing.
Kearney put up a back layout on top and a 360 mute grab on bottom.
Brad Wilson (Butte, MT) lost control in the middle section of the course and
Alex Bilodeau of Canada took the win for the men.
In the World Cup mogul standings, Kearney is second and 24 points behind new leader Canadian Justine Dufour-Lapointe, while McPhie is 38 points back.
The U.S. Ski Team takes on dual moguls in Are on Saturday.
QUOTES Heather McPhie I worked with my coaches and had a really great plan coming into today. My training didn't go really well but I kept improving round by round and was able to keep my skiing consistent while improving my air and my jumps. I was just focusing on my skiing and trusting what I know I can do out there. The course is really challenging and there is not a better feeling than walking away from the last single moguls event of the season with a win. And do be up there with Eliza makes it that much more fun.
ElizaOuttrim I qualified eighth this morning and just kind of moved up the ranks each round. My runs got faster and my skiing got tighter and my air was bigger each round. My skiing just improved overall as the competition continued. Ending up in second is something I couldn't be happier about!
Ending the last singles event of the year in second is really awesome. It's my fourth podium in singles and it gives me that extra boost of confidence to try and pull something out tomorrow in duals.
Pat Deneen The course here is really great, and incredibly technical. If you don't show up with a plan you won't succeed here. I knew what I had to do in training here and I went out and didn't do any of it, but somehow I was able to pull it together when it counted during the competition today. The best skiing I had all day was in my qualifying and finals rounds.
Coming to the end of the season with some good results at the World Cup and World Championships makes going into summer training a lot easier. I know what I'm capable of and I know what I need to change and work on.
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