- Freestyle Skiing
Hannah Kearney, Heather McPhie break down new moguls format
With every new Olympics, brings change. At the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, viewers will bear witness to 12 new events as well as new formats in disciplines.
One such discipline that has a new format is moguls and is completely different from the Vancouver format.
The format in Vancouver included two runs. There was a qualification run, your scores cleared, then you had a finals run. That was the medal round. Heading into Sochi, there’s now two separate days for moguls – for both men and women. There’s going to be a qualification day and if you move on to a second day of competition with three more rounds, knockout-style, that culiminates in the final round, also known as the “super final.” Scores do not carry over and the athlete with the top score from this one run wins.
What are your thoughts on the new moguls format?
Heather McPhie (HM): It’s very different. It adds an endurance component to our sport that’s not common in singles. For me, it’s great. I workout a lot and I’ve been really preparing for that format. We’ve been competing in a similar format on world cup, but there are more runs at the Olympics. I really think it caters to consistency so I’ve been training top to bottom way more, just getting ready. It’s going to be intense. It’s going to be interesting. It’s going to be exciting to watch.
Hannah Kearney (HK): I’m excited, but what other choice do I have. It’s strange to be testing out a new format at the Olympcs, but hey, it’s more runs on the course so you get more comfortbale and I’ve never been in better shape so bring it on.
Do you know why the format was changed?
HM: I’m not that clear why it was changed. It wasn’t up to the athletes. But, honestly for me, I just show up and I do my job and I’m looking forward to it.
Are there any cons to the new format? What don’t you like about it?
HM: I really like they expanded so it’s [six] not just four people in the last round. That was a con when they were doing that. Honestly the way it is, it’s just what it is. I’m just looking forward to competing and that’s what I have control over.
HK: Only that we’re trying something different at the Olympics so nobody really knows how to deal with it necessarily. But we’ve skied back-to-back days before so I don’t think there are really any downsides.
Does it favor any particular moguls skiers?
HK: You have to be consistent because you have to ski a minimum of four runs to win or a maximum of two runs four years ago. And I think only the first run you get a second chance if you make a mistake then one chance every other time. You have to continue to ski well and to build. It’s a judged sport so they don’t want to see your worst run be the last run. They want to see you improve. You don’t want to hold back, but you want to put on the best show in the medal round.
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