Braving sub-zero temperatures, Keri Herman of Breckenridge, CO clinched her second straight FIS World Cup slopestyle win of the season in the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix at Copper Mountain.
"I am so happy," said Herman. "At Dew Tour in December I finished dead last and this is great! It's so cool to have won both FIS World Cup's so far; it's a real honor to represent the USA at the top of the podium."
Canadian Dara Howell took second and Australia's Anna Segal third for the women's podium. With Herman on top, American women took four of the top nine - Ashley Battersby (Park City, UT) sixth, Jamie Crane-Mauzy (Park City, UT) eighth and U.S.Freeskiing rookie Jess Breda (Marshfield, MA) ninth at just her second World Cup.
In the men's event, Great Britain's James Woods took the title with Australia's Russell Henshaw second and Canadian Alex Beauliu-Marchand third. While not on the podium, American men took four of the top eight spots including Bobby Brown (Breckenridge, CO) fourth, Nick Goepper (Lawrenceburg, IN) fifth, Alex Schlopy (Park City, UT) seventh and Sammy Carlson (Hood River, OR) eighth.
Athletes gained valuable FIS Olympic qualifying points in addition to AFP Platinum level points and the event also doubled as the U.S. Slopestyle Championship with Brown and Herman taking titles as top Americans. The Copper Mountain competition will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network next Saturday, Jan. 19 at 2:00 p.m EST.
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