Solid performance from Brit in mogul event

14th February 2010, by Chris Gill

Bumps ready at Cypress

Bumps ready at Cypress

How do you like your moguls? Or perhaps bump runs aren’t for you? But the athletes on Cypress Mountain made them look easy as young knees took a pounding in the Women’s freestyle moguls event.

Rain didn’t prevent the Olympic teams from tackling the Cypress Mountain bumps on day 2 of the Winter Olympic Games. The freestyle mogul event involves a short course of bumps and two jumps, over which competitors score points for style, accuracy and technique. Up to 50% of the marks are awarded for jump difficulty, and this was what eventually separated the top two ladies.

Teenage Brit Ellie Koyander put in a solid performance to finish in 24th position, narrowly missing out on a place in the final after a small slip at the top of the course. The athlete was one of the first competitors from Team GB to start their Olympic challenge and was on good form going into the event.

But it was America’s Hannah Kearney who eventually took the gold medal, pushing local hope Jennifer Heil into silver position. Heil had looked set to take a victorious gold for Canada, when final competitor Kearney gave a super performance on the Cypress course to clinch the title.

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