Heil, Bilodeau grab moguls gold
Jennifer Heil of Spruce Grove, Alta., and Alexandre Bilodeau of Rosemere, Que., captured gold medals Saturday night in the women's and men's freestyle moguls at a World Cup event on Cypress Mountain.
Heil took the gold with 24.79 points at the West Vancouver event. Hannah Kearney of the United States, was second at 24.18 and Margarita Marbler of Austria third at 23.84.
"Every race I can feel my feet more underneath me," Heil said. "I can really feel the potential of what I've been changing to go faster, to ski smoother and to jump higher.
"For me today it was a great performance and I know what I can do to improve it."
The moguls competition concluded a brilliant weekend for the Canadian freestyle team — they picked up five of a possible six golds and eight of a total of 18 medals in the three disciplines of ski cross, aerials and moguls.
Bilodeau earned his first World Cup victory since February 2006 scoring 25.65 points in the final. Yugo Tsukita of Japan was second at 25.09 and Guilbaut Colas of France third at 24.78.
The ski cross men swept the podium on Friday while the women ski crossers took first and second.
The world's top-ranked men's aerialist, Steve Omischl, won the gold medal Friday night.
The three sites atop the mountain are also serving as test events for the 2010 Winter Games, where they will be held.
Canada will send 18 athletes to the 2010 Games in freestyle, divided among aerialists, mogul racers and ski cross.