Hannah Kearney won her sixth straight moguls gold at Deer Valley. That was expected.
But the men’s World Cup event provided more intrigue Saturday. Canadian Olympic champion Alexandre Bilodeau overtook countryman world champion Mikael Kingsbury after finishing second to Kingsbury in the previous three World Cups this season.
NBC will air coverage of the Park City, Utah, event Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
Kearney, 27, has won three of four World Cups this season and is favored to successfully defend her Olympic title in February. She scored 25.21 points Saturday after winning with 24.83 on Friday.
“At practice I thought there’s a chance this is a larger crowd than we’ll have at the Olympics, and there’s certainly more people cheering for me than there are going to be at the Olympics,” Kearney said, according to the U.S. Ski Team. “So I used it and tried to put on a show.”
Bilodeau, 26, bounced back to win by a slim .07 over Kingsbury after being upset with judging last week, according to the Calgary Herald. He didn’t talk to media last week, but his coach did.
“He felt that when he skis right now, even if he does his best, he feels that he skis with a rock in his pocket,” Michel Hamelin said on a call with reporters.
The final moguls World Cup before the Olympics is this week in Canada. Kearney is the lone U.S. moguls skier to meet Olympic selection criteria so far (two top-three results), but as many as seven more could be named to the U.S. Olympic Team next week.
Kearney and Bilodeau have said Sochi will be their final Olympics. They’re both trying to become the first freestyle skier to win multiple Olympic titles.
“I’ve done everything in my power to be ready for the Olympics,” Bilodeau said, according to The Associated Press. “After that, I’ll have other goals in life and I’ll move on. But it’s been an amazing journey.”