Updated February 3, 2011 at 1:13 a.m.
Steamboat Springs Jeremy Cota’s rise as one of the best moguls skier in the world continued Wednesday at Deer Valley Resort in Utah, as the Steamboat Springs-based skier finished fourth at the FIS Freestyle World Championships.
Cota, who registered his first World Cup podium in Lake Placid, N.Y., this year and registered two other fourth-place finishes, qualified fourth earlier in the day.
He was first with three skiers to go.
France’s Guilbaut Colas was first, defending Olympic gold medalist Alexandre Bilodeau, of Canada, was second and his countryman Mikael Kingsbury was third.
“Going into it, I was really excited about where my skiing was,” said Cota, who did a back-full on his top air and a cork 720 on his bottom air. “I had some momentum going from my first podium in Lake Placid. The goal was to ski as well as I could. If I did that, I knew I would be on the podium or close.”
Cota said the biggest difference in his season came earlier this year when he really focused on the technical aspects of his skiing. From there, he started building more and more confidence with each World Cup start.
“It’s a little tough,” Cota said about finishing just off the podium. “It’s the third time this year I’ve gotten fourth place. But I’m happy with the way I skied, and that’s more important to me than a particular result.”
On the women’s side, Canadian Jennifer Heil won gold, with American Hannah Kearney second and Canadian Kristi Richards third.
Steamboat skier Eliza Outtrim was fifth.
The freestyle moguls World Championships resume with dual moguls Saturday. NBC will broadcast those at 1 p.m. Sunday.
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