a chance that there is nothing next for me; re- Are single moguls contest on March 11.
tirement is always a possibility. I have a plan in The final men’s events were a tight battle be-
place to ski fewer competitions next year as a tween the overall winner, Frenchman Guilbaut
way to ramp up for the following Olympics, but Colas, and Canadian runner-up Alexandre Bi-
you never know.” lodeau. Bilodeau took both competitions in Are
On the opening day of the National Champion- but ended up second behind Colas, who fin-
ships (see the story later in this issue), Kearney ished the season on top (841-739) with the win
was awarded the 2011 North American Snow- in Myrkdalen-Voss on March 20. Young Cana-
sports Journalists Association’s Paul Robbins dian Mikael Kingsbury, 18, finished in third with
Outstanding Competitor Award. Previous win- two victories in his first full season on the World
ners of the award include Lindsey Vonn, Bode Cup tour.
Miller and Shaun White. . The top ranked American moguls skier on the
“I knew Paul Robbins personally, so it means World Cup circuit was Patrick Deneen in fourth
that much more because I know what an out- place with 434 points after grabbing his third
standing journalist he was, but also a fan and podium of the season in third in the Are dual
supporter,” said Kearney in front of several visi- moguls contest.
bly moved USST athletes as they recalled Rob- The Canadian moguls squad followed up its
bins. “To have the award being named after him stellar World Championships medal haul (eight
and to be the recipient is truly a huge honor.” medals) with a dominant World Cup season
Meanwhile, American Heather McPhie landed (nine skiers ranked in the top 10) to top the Na-
fifth in the moguls rankings for her second-best tions Cup standings with 510 points. The U.S.
placing ever with seven top-10 finishes this landed second with 330 points ahead of France
season, including her only podium in third at the in third with 312 points.
Alpine World Cup to Make Historic Stop in Andorra
The small principalityof Andorra, foundinthe has sent alpine skiers to the Olympic Games
eastern Pyrenees between France and Spain, over the years. A Europa Cup GS and slalom
will host its first World Cup when the women’s were successfully held in mid-March this sea-tour descends on the tiny nation’s Grandvalira son. As host, Andorra was allowed one starter in
resort next February for and GS and slalom. each race, but these athletes failed to complete
The principality covers 181 square miles and the first run.
has a population of approximately 84,000. The With pistes covering some 200 kilometers,
native language is Catalan, also used in Spain’s Grandvalira ranks among Europe’s 20 largest
Barcelona area. resorts. It connects six Andorran villages; the
While new to the World Cup circuit, the resort main town of Soldeu will host World Cup wom-has hosted Europa Cup races in the past and en’s teams February 11-12, 2012.
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