The 2015 FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup at Deer Valley came to a close with Team Canada on top of the podium in both men’s and women’s dual moguls competition.
Taking first for the second night in a row, Mikael Kingsbury beat out Team USA skier Dylan Walczyk in a fast-paced dual down the Champion Run.
“To be able to come to this event and win is always something that means a lot to me,” Kingsbury said. “This crowd here is so loud and you can hear them cheer you on the entire run. Even though I am from Canada, they cheer for good skiing and competition and I had to ski my best all night.”
USA skier Dylan Walczyk earned his second career podium with his second-place finish.
“I am so happy to be able to put down such a great run on home turf and to come into second,” Walcyzk said. “I have been dreaming of skiing against Kingsbury, I have been waiting for that final duel for some time. Even though I am a little disappointed with the outcome this time, I plan to prepare to get him the next time.”
Justine DuFour-LaPointe took home first place in another heated mogul duel with Hannah Kearney, both skiers being the last two Olympic Gold medalists in the sport. With the win, DuFour-LaPointe moved into first placed in the overall World Cup standings, edging out her sister Chloe DuFour-LaPointe.
“Winning here at Deer Valley is so much fun for me,” DuFour-LaPointe said. “I have such great memories here and to be able to win again and add to those memories is special.”
In her final season, Hannah Kearney returned to the podium after crashing Friday night and missing the finals.
“If I could come to this course here at Deer Valley every day I would never retire,” Kearney said. “The crowds here are the best. To have thousands of people at the bottom of the course cheering for you and chanting USA gets me excited to get out of the starting gates and to ski my best. I will miss the crowds here at Deer Valley so much.”
Team USA skier Patrick Deneen came in forth.
1st: Mikael Kingsbury (CAN)
2nd: Dylan Walczyk (USA)
3rd: Marco Tade (SUI)
1st: Justine DuFour-LaPointe (CAN)
2nd: Hannah Kearney (USA)
3rd: Britteny Cox (AUS)