PC mogul expert ties for first | ParkRecord.com

PC mogul expert ties for first

by Jen Watkins, Of the Record staff

The first day of moguls at the Visa Freestyle International World Cup at Deer Valley Resort saw a huge win for the U.S. women’s team which took home two medals.

On Thursday, Heather McPhie (Park City) tied for first with Canada’s Jennifer Heil, while Shannon Bahrke (Tahoe City, Calif.) took third. The U.S. has only two events remaining before the naming of the Olympic team.

The tie was the first in World Cup freestyle history and McPhie’s first World Cup victory. In a front of large hometown crowd, McPhie said she was excited to boost her chances to be named to the Olympic team.

"I’ve believed in myself for a long time, but you never know – there are so many variables," she said in a press release provided by the U.S. Ski Team (USST). "I just wanted to give it everything I had and I did. My parents are here to see my first podium, and my family and friends. I have so much support."

On the men’s side, Parkite Nate Roberts, who is coming off a knee injury, didn’t make the landing on his second jump in the qualification round. Roberts will have another chance on Saturday as the competition continues under the lights.

Six U.S. men made it to the final 16 with Patrick Deneen (Cle Elum, Wash.) leading the U.S. by taking fourth. According to the USST, Deneen is the only one on the men’s team guaranteed an Olympic spot. Roberts and Bryon Wilson (Butte, Mont.) are currently the leading candidates.

Wilson, who finished 16th on Thursday, said he was just grateful to make it to the final round.

"My run (in the qualification round) felt really good," Wilson said. "I skied really clean but went a little slower than others."

Wilson said he grew up skiing at Deer Valley and considers it his home course.

"I love to have all the support here and my family here," he said.

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