Strong results cloud Olympic chances for women’s moguls team
January 19, 2014
Steamboat Springs — When it comes to selecting the U.S. freestyle moguls team, it's going to be tight for several Steamboat skiers. The final World Cup event before the naming of the Olympic team this week only clouded the issue.
On Sunday, competing in Val St. Come, Quebec, Hannah Kearney led U.S. skiers with a fourth-place finish. Heidi Kloser was second, fifth overall, and Steamboat's Sophia Schwartz made her second super final in as many World Cups, finishing sixth.
Steamboat skier Eliza Outtrim made the finals and just missed out on the super final, finishing seventh, and Heather McPhie was 10th.
Only Kearney has secured a spot on the Olympic team. Kloser seems to have the best shot to fill one of the two, maybe three remaining spots, at least based on recent results. Schwartz, too, has pushed her way into the conversation, having now registered top seven finishes in all four of her career World Cup starts, all this month.
Outtrim and McPhie have had their own good results, too. McPhie has four top-10 finishes this season after having a great year last winter when she won the national championship, won another World Cup and placed fourth twice in the world championships.
Outtrim had her third consecutive top-seven finish Sunday, was third in the national championships and had four podium finishes on the World Cup circuit last year.
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Kloser is second among U.S. skiers in this season's World Cup rankings, with Outtrim third, McPhie fourth and Schwartz fifth.
On the men’s side, where things are just as tight, Bradley Wilson was the top U.S. finisher in third place. Troy Murphy was fifth, Jeremy Cota 11th, Sho Kashima 15th and Joseph DIscoe, 16th.