Dmitriy Reiherd wins at FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup Lake Placid
Lake Placid (USA), January 13, 2017: The first event of a big weekend in Lake Placid (USA) took place on the famed Whiteface Mountain moguls pitch in frigid conditions on Friday with Dmitriy Reiherd (KAZ) and Britteny Cox (AUS) both scoring their second career victories, though under drastically different circumstances.
Dmitriy Reiherd had to wait nearly nine years between his first and second victories, with his last one coming back in March of 2008 in Are, Sweden.
Rieherd skied perhaps the most aggressive runs of any man on the day on Friday, throwing an off-axis 1080 off the first jump that could easily have spelled disaster with the steep, dark, and icy pitch he faced upon landing. However, the burly Reiherd was unfazed and his risk payed off, as he earned the highest jumping and turning scores of the big final.
Finishing with a score of 82.20 for a decisive victory, Reiherd also overtook Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury atop the World Cup leaderboard, and leaves Lake Placid wearing the yellow bib.
“My first win was in 2008,” Rieherd smiled, “Nine years ago. I felt like this was a strong course, and I had to ski strong on it. My first jump went well, my second jump was good, and I had a fast time. Conditions were difficult but I didn’t make any mistakes and it was good for me.”
Second place went to Ben Cavet (FRA), for his second podium of the season after he scored third in Ruka. Cavet skied smoothly and quickly on his was to a score of 80.73, and he now sits tied with Kingsbury for second on the moguls World Cup leaderboard with 140 points.
Third on the day went to another US athlete, as Bradley Wilson consistently laid down the most blistering times and biggest airs of the day to earn a score of 78.08 and cap off a strong day for the host squad.
Surely pushed by Reiherd’s performance just ahead of him, Kingsbury had an uncharacteristic blowout in his big final run, and as a result the typically unbeatable Canadian found himself sitting in sixth place at the end of the day and stripped of the yellow bib for the first time since the 2013/14 season.
From Lake Placid the moguls World Cup now moves up to Canada’s Val Saint Come for competition on Saturday, January 21, where the typically-strong Canadian squad will be looking to get back on track on home soil after being shutout of the podium in Lake Placid.