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Freestyle Skiing at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games:

Women's Moguls

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Host City: Vancouver, Canada
Venue(s): Cypress Mountain, West Vancouver
Date Started: February 13, 2010
Date Finished: February 13, 2010

Gold: USA Hannah Kearney
Silver: CAN Jennifer Heil
Bronze: USA Shannon Bahrke

Summary

The Women's Moguls event at the 2010 Winter Olympics differed from recent World Championships by allowing the top 20 competitors (as opposed to the top 16) in the qualifying round to participate in the finals. The overwhelming favorites in the event were the Canadians and the Americans. Canada had the #1 ranked Jennifer Heil, who was also the defending Olympic champion, and the #5 ranked Kristi Richards, who had won the event at the 2007 World Championship. The United States had the #2 ranked Heather McPhie, the #3 ranked Hannah Kearney, who had captured the event at the 2005 World Championship, and the #4 ranked Shannon Bahrke, who had mogul silver medals from the 2002 Winter Olympics and the 2007 World Championships. These strengths were clearly visible at the end of the qualifying round, where six of the top seven competitors (the other being Aiko Uemura of Japan) were North American. The event was particularly significant for the Canadians who held Heil to be one of their best hopes in breaking their gold-medal drought in Olympics hosted in their country.

Some were worried that the finals might be delayed, or even canceled, as the weather worsened on the hill, but the skiers began on time, competing in intermittent rain and an increasingly soggy course. The event went as expected until American Michelle Roark, who had finished seventh in the qualifying round, crashed out and was soon followed in this regard by Richards and McPhie, leaving Bahrke as the front runner in the competition up to that point, followed by Uemura and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe of Canada. A great run by Heil placed her ahead of Bahrke by a slim margin, leaving only Kearney to challenge her for the gold. Kearney rose to the challenge and produced an amazing run, which left little doubt in the end that she had claimed victory in the event. Although she did not produce Canada's first gold medal on home territory, Heil's was the host nation's first medal at the 2010 Games.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Hannah Kearney 23 United States USA Gold
2 Jennifer Heil 26 Canada CAN Silver
3 Shannon Bahrke 29 United States USA Bronze
4 Aiko Uemura 30 Japan JPN
5 Chloe Dufour-Lapointe 18 Canada CAN
6 Margarita Marbler 34 Austria AUT
7 Yekaterina Stolyarova 21 Russia RUS
8 Arisa Murata 19 Japan JPN
9 Regina Rakhimova 20 Russia RUS
10 Deborah Scanzio 23 Italy ITA
11 Yuliya Galysheva 17 Kazakhstan KAZ
12 Miki Ito 22 Japan JPN
13 Marina Cherkasova 37 Russia RUS
14 Darya Rybalova 21 Kazakhstan KAZ
15 Darya Serova 27 Russia RUS
16 Nikola Sudová 27 Czech Republic CZE
17 Michelle Roark 35 United States USA
18 Heather McPhie 25 United States USA
19 Tae Satoya 33 Japan JPN
20 Kristi Richards 28 Canada CAN
21 Seo Jeong-Hwa 19 South Korea KOR
22 Yuliya Rodionova 20 Kazakhstan KAZ
23 Britteny Cox 15 Australia AUS
24 Ellie Koyander 18 Great Britain GBR
25 Šárka Sudová 24 Czech Republic CZE
26 Nina Bednarik 27 Slovenia SLO
27 Tereza Vaculíková 17 Czech Republic CZE