In case you missed all of the excitement surrounding the FIS Freestyle World Cup over the weekend, here's a bit of a recap of who is heading home with a medal. The Freestyle World Cup kicked off in Deer Valley on Thursday starting with moguls, moved through aerials on Friday and dual moguls on Saturday. Great crowds showed up each night -- word is that Park City was called the best stop in the World Cup so far because of the enthusiastic audience. To those of you who went, thanks for supporting! We'd love to hear about what you experienced, so feel free to leave your comments below.
The competitors in the moguls commented on how different Deer Valley is to compete at. The Champion run is one of the steepest mogul courses and hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics. Participants felt that the steepness as well as the high altitude presented them with a nice challenge.
Hannah Kearney (USA) was positively on fire this week, earning the top spot in both moguls and dual moguls. This adds to Kearney's long list of victories this season.
Another top performer in moguls on the women's side is Heather McPhie who podiumed in moguls and dual moguls. McPhie earned the silver and bronze medals for those events, respectively.
Other podium women include Justine Dufour-Lapointe (CAN) in moguls and Britteny Cox (AUS) in dual moguls.
Mikael Kingsbury (CAN) took first in the moguls while placing second in dual moguls. The rest of the dual moguls podium had Russians Sergey Volkov in first place and Andrey Volkov in third.
In his first career podium, Dylan Ferguson earned second place in the men's aerial competition behind Zongyang Jia. The bronze went to Olivier Rochon (CAN).
As for the women's competition in aerials, China flew in to take all three medals. Mengtao Xu won first place with Shuang Cheng in second and Fanyu Kong in third.
In memory of the late Jeret "Speedy" Peterson, Deer Valley named one of their runs after his signature aerial move, "The Hurricane." Landing "The Hurricane" earned the 2010 Olympic medalist the highest aerial score ever during a World Cup event.