Dual moguls equals dual air time. Photo: U.S. Ski Team
DEER VALLEY RESORT, Utah. — USA women went one, two, and three Friday at the 2021 FIS Intermountain Freestyle International Ski World Cup. Kai Owens (USA) raced her teammate Hannah Soar (USA) to victory on the Champion run in the Dual’s competition Big Final.
A video of their thrilling match up:
Even if spectators were allowed in, the sun-up to sun-down snowstorm would have precluded their view anyway. The Small Final belonged to Tess Johnson (USA) after out bumping and out jumping her bracket competitor from Kazakstan, Yuliya Galysheva.
In the Men’s Dual Moguls, it was once again Mikael Kingsbury sitting on top of the podium at Deer Valley, a winner yesterday as well in the single Moguls. Of his Dual’s 1st place Kingsbury said, “It’s a blessing to know that my back is healed and being able to compete against the best in the world, there’s no better feelings.”
Their Small Final was won by Benjamin Cavet (FRA) over Kosuke Sugimoto (JPA).
After five Dual Moguls events on the World Cup Tour in the books this certainly strange season, American women remarkably take over the spots of 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th in the overall standings in the form of Hannah Soar, Kai Owens, Jaelin Kauf, and Tess Johnson.
With a 10th place finish at Deer Valley Friday, Team USA athlete Brad Wilson rides the season-long wave of the discipline World Cup standings as the leader relative to the rest of the Team positioned in 7th. The Tour came to Park City from Sweden and will next compete at an event in Kazakstan in March.
Deer Valley’s White Own run welcomes the final day of this 23rd annual Tour stop on Saturday with Men’s and Women’s Aerials.
LIVE Aerials 2:30 pm (MST) broadcast and streaming on the Olympic Channel – FIS live to scoring.