After a tremendous inaugural slopestyle competition for skiing athletes on Friday, all eyes- as in IOC, the Olympic governing body- turned to the men and women throwing down in PCMR's Eagle Superpipe. Deer Valley Resort regularly hosts the World Freestyle Mogul and Aerial Championships but with the IOC considering skiing slopestyle and halfpipe for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, (ski cross was introduced in 2010) it was time to stage some world-class action.
"Deer Valley came to us and asked if we would host (the events)," said PCMR's Krista Parry. "It went really well." And because of the Olympic carrot, athletes fresh off the Winter X Games took an aggressive interest in a World Cup event.
Park City local Jen Hudak was the number one qualifier going into Saturday's halfpipe finals.
Hudak needed a bomber second run to upset what was looking like a Canadian shut out. Hudak laid down a big and technical run, which began with a smooth 900, to bump Keltie Hansen onto the bronze platform so Hudak could take the World Championship silver.
Canadian Rosalind Groenewoud won gold.
The athletes move on to the Winter Dew Tour Toyota Championship. The culminating event lands at Snowbasin in Ogden this Thursday, Feb. 10-13. The top competitors in freeskiing and snowboarding will compete in slopestyle and superpipe.