|VALMALENCO, Italy (March 15) - The U.S. Ski Team's Heather McPhie (Park City, UT) led U.S. women in fourth. World Cup mogul champion Aiko Uemura of Japan won, followed by Margarita Marbler of Austria in second.|
"It was a great result for her and I think she got her confidence back heading into the Sprint U.S. Championships," Rawles said. "She struggled a bit most of the season. She had high expectations coming into the year, but not a lot happened.
"She was one of the first ladies to ski today, and she laid down a great run and hung in at first until the last three came down. It was great to see her step up and make something happen today."
Deneen was the top American in the World Cup moguls standings, moving up to fifth with 352 points; Nate Roberts (Park City, UT) was sixth with 346. Olympic champion Dale Begg-Smith of Australia won with 664 points.
Emiko Torito (Denver) led the women's standings for the U.S. Team finishing fifth in the worldwith 396 points with Michelle Roark (also Denver) in sixth and Shelly Robertson (Reno, NV) seventh. Aiko Uemura of Japan won the women's title with 683 points.
U.S. freestyle athletes now head to the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships in Park City, UT March 27-30. The annual championships will take place on three 2002 Olympic venues. The Utah Olympic Park will host aerials, Park City Mountain Resort will have ski halfpipe and Deer Valley Resort with moguls and dual moguls.
2008 FREESTYLE FIS WORLD CUP FINALS
Valmalenco, ITA - March 15, 2008
1. David Babic, Washington, VT, 23.26
2. Vincent Marquis, Canada, 23.24
3. Pat Deneen, Cle Elum, WA, 23.18
4. Tapio Luusua, Finland, 23.12
5. Dale Begg-Smith, Austria, 22.19
16. Nate Roberts, Park City, UT, 16.82
18. Bryon Wilson, Butte, MT, 13.55
20. Landon Gardner, Missoula, MT, 2.87
1. Aiko Uemura, Japan, 24.50
2. Margarita Marbler, Austria, 24.09
3. Nikola Sudova, Czech Republic, 22.96
4. Heather McPhie, Park City, UT, 22.85
5. Miki Ito, Japan, 22.33
8. Emiko Torito, Denver, 21.96
9. Michelle Roark, Winter Park, CO, 21.62
10. Kayla Snyderman, Winchester, MA, 21.56
16. Shelly Robertson, Reno, NV, 18.67
19. Eliza Outtrim, Steamboat Springs, CO, 18.25
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