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U.S. 1 and 2 in Sochi, Russia Pre-Olympic Freeskiing, Freestyle World Cups

By February 17, 2013

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There has been a lot of well deserved attention focused on the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships in Schladming, Austria and the outstanding showing by U.S. men and women skiers. Meanwhile, U.S. Freestyle and Freeskiing teams have been racking up medals in Sochi, Russia at the Pre-Olympic test events.

In the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup mogul events, Olympic champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) won under the lights in Rosa Khutor, near Sochi, with Eliza Outtrim (Camden, CT) second and Heather McPhie (Bozeman, MT) fourth - missing the podium in a tiebreaker. For the men, Patrick Deneen (Cle Elum, WA) was second to Canada's Mikael Kingsbury.

In the men's halfpipe competition, the U.S. again went 1 and 2 when Torin Yater-Wallace (Aspen, CO) and Gus Kenworthy (Telluride, CO) battled through fog and rain to go finished first and second. It was the first opportunity for the top athletes in the Olympics' newest event to visit Sochi and test the new pipe.

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Hannah Kearney at Rosa Khutor Copyright Mark Epstein/U.S. Ski Team

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