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Aerials Dominated by China

February 5, 2011 Leave a comment

China took 3 of the 6 aerials medals at the 2010 games, but neither gold. They fixed that yesterday as Shuang Cheng won the women’s event, with her fellow countrywoman Xu Mengtao finishing second. On the men’s side Qi Guangpu won the silver. The men’s gold was won by Canada’s Warren Shouldice as the Canadians continued their strong showing at the 2011 worlds. Guangpu edged Anton Kushnir of Belarus by just over a point for the silver.

On the ladies side Shuang’s gold was won by just .19.

This marked the second straight event in which no American medaled. Ashley Caldwell finished 4th and Kevin Brown finished 12th.

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Canadians Dominate Skicross

February 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Canadian’s took half of the medals at the skiicross World Championships today, including both golds, as the Freestyle Skiing Worlds have hit their midway point. Kelsey Serwa won the gold on the women’s side, just a week after taking X Games gold. Serwa spent much of the time in between the X Games and the World Championships getting treatment for a back injury she suffered when she crashed going across the finish line. Serwa finished in 5th at the 2010 Olympics. Fellow Canadian Julia Murray finished 2nd and Anna Holmund of Sweden won the bronze.

Chris DelBosco, who was born in Colorado and holds dual citizenship, won a gold for his adopted homeland after finishing 4th in this event at the 2010 Olympics. He was the fastest qualifier in that portion of the event, then breezed to an easy win in the quarters and 2nd in the semis before needing a daring pass to win gold. It is his first major victory. Jouni Pellinen of Finland finished 2nd and Andreas Matt of Austria was third.

No American woman advanced out of the time trials, while the highest American man was John Teller, who finished 5th. This was the first  event in which neither an American man or woman medaled, and the only events other than men’s moguls in which no American medaled.

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American Schlopy, Australian Segal Win First Ever Slopestyle World Championships

February 3, 2011 2 comments

Alex Schlopy enjoyed some home snow advantage today as he won he FIS Slopestyle World Championship, barely defeating Sammy Carlson, who won this same event at the recently completed Winter X Games. Schlopy’s 41.8 bested Carlson’s 41.5 and Australia’s Russell Henshaw’s 41.2.

On the women’s side, Australia’s Anna Segal dominated both runs, with her first one, which tallied a 43.0, getting her the gold medal. She outpaced Canada’s Kaya Turski by over a point and the United States’s Keri Herman by 2.4 points. Turski, like the silver medalist on the men’s side, was the 2011 X Games Gold medalist.

The first skiing slopestyle event at the World Championships is a possible stepping stone to getting the event into the Olympics. The hopefuls will know later this year whether it will be added to the program for 2014 in Sochi.

Tomorrow the skiiers take the stage again as skiicross medals will be handed out.

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American Hannah Kearney Upset at Freestyle Skiing Worlds

February 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Reigning Olympic moguls champion Hannah Kearney lost out in her bid to back that up with a World Championship when she was upset by Canadian Jennifer Heil. Heil’s score of 24.35 narrowly beat Kearney, who was just .04 behind with a 24.31 mark.

The gold was Heil’s first career gold medal at a World Championships and it comes as Heil is set to retire from the sport. The 27 year old is retiring at season’s end. Fellow Canadian Kristi Richards won the bronze.

The men’s Olympic gold medalist also failed to  back up his gold medal as Alexandre Bilodeau of Canada finished second to Guibault Colas of France.

The championships are being held in Utah at Deer Valley Resort.

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