FIS competitors to look out for


fiswoman.jpg

The Freestyle International Ski World Cup will kick off tonight in Deer Valley with athletes from all over the world. Coming into this season, here are some athletes you should keep an eye out for on the slopes.

Kicking off the FIS competition will be moguls. On the women's side, Hannah Kearney (USA), Audrey Robichaud (CAN), and Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe (CAN) are sure to be strong performers. Canadians Alexandre Bilodeau and Mikael Kingsbury are expected to lead the men. Other men to watch out for are Sho Kashima (USA) and Anthony Benna (FRA).

Hannah Kearney in particular has had a great season so far. The 2010 Olympic gold medalist won her 11th consecutive World Cup in moguls while competing in Lake Placid last month. However, that does not include world championships where she placed second in moguls and third in dual moguls.

Aerials will take place on Friday evening. Shuang Cheng (CHN), Mengtao (CHN) and Ashley Caldwell (USA) will be the women to watch for as they fly through the air. Other women expected to do well include Olga Volkova (UKR) and Emily Cook (USA). As for the men, Anton Kushnir (BLR) and Guangpu Qi (CHN) are coming into the FIS World Cup with high standings. Stanislav Kravchuk (UKR) may also be a name to keep an eye out for.

Check out the complete FIS schedule here.