Steamboat's Schwartz 7th at Freestyle World Cup event

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It was a strong day for the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team’s women Thursday as they close in on Olympic spots. Competing at a World Cup event in Deer Valley, Utah, Hannah Kearney took control of the circuit by winning the event, the second victory and third podium of the season for the 2010 Olympic gold medalist.

Heather McPhie was fourth overall, notching her best result of the season, while Steamboat Springs skier Sophia Schwartz, swooped in competing in her first World Cup to make a strong statement, finishing seventh. Steamboat’s Eliza Outtrim finished 15th, just behind teammates Ali Kariotis who was 13th and Heidi Kloser at 14th.

On the men’s side, Troy Murphy was the top U.S. skier in fifth. Pat Deneen was sixth, Bryon Wilson was eighth, Bradley Wilson was 12th, Sho Kashima was 14th, Joseph Discoe was 16th and Jeremy Cota, a Steamboat skier, 19th.

Another World Cup moguls event is set for Saturday on the same course and the teams travel next week for a moguls event Wednesday at Lake Placid, N.Y., then the final pre-Olympic competition Jan. 19 at Val St.-Come, Quebec.

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