We are hooked. Saturday night my husband, Jay and I stood with the crowd at the base of the run for the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup Dual Mogul finals at Deer Valley Resort. After watching athlete after athlete “eat it” speeding down the course in attempt to grab a coveted top 16 semi-finals spot, we had great respect for the difficulty of the course and how steep the competition.
The finals were insanely crazy – what a rush! These athletes flipped in the air doing the “truck driver”, “iron cross”, “heli 360”, or elegant front flip aerial moves. Then after landing, they immediately hit three – four foot tall moguls while racing a world class athlete skiing beside them. The competition was fast and furious.
We watched Brad Wilson advance past #1 ranked Mikael Kingsbury ending the Canadian’s 19 event podium streak as the crowd went nuts. We saw U.S. athlete Patrick Deneen lose the gold by a nose to Canadian Alex Bilodeau by five hundredths of a second! Hannah Kearney has a few more raving fans after watching her absolutely kill it and win gold.
After the awards ceremony, the party kept going!
Even the volunteer clean- up crews had smiles on the faces as they picked up signs and took down the pedestrian walkways to ready the run for skiing the next day.
Our evening took an unexpected but delightful turn when we met semi-finalist freestyle skier Dylan Walczyk on the bus to the Main Street station. He was fresh from a bronze medal at Lake Placid. He mentioned he was headed to an Olympic test event Sochi, Russia in two weeks.
While this was our first moguls competition, it will certainly not be our last.
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