Heil going on well-earned holiday

SCOTT ZERR -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:42 AM ET

Jennifer Heil is going on holidays. It's a short break, but a much-needed one for the two-time reigning World Cup moguls champ.

In fact, there won't be a snowflake in sight and the only ice she'll be seeing will be clinking at the bottom of a glass when the Spruce Grove sensation stretches out on a Spanish beach for a week-long respite from the hectic globetrotting freestyle tour.

"I'm just going to hang out and read, enjoy the food, no plans at all. I need some rest,"said Heil yesterday from Voss, Norway, where she placed fourth in the last World Cup race of the season.

"We usually have a break after the events in Japan, which is about the halfway point just after Christmas. This year there was no break until now. My energy is really low and I need to recharge my battery."

The 21-year-old won't get back on snow until March 8 when the Canadian team meets for a training camp in France one week ahead of the freestyle world championships in Finland.

Yesterday, Heil came in just 4/100ths of a second behind Nikola Sudova of the Czech Republic and 8/100ths back of Austria's Margarita Marbler.

While it was a tight race for spots on the medal podium, no one was going to catch Japan's Aiko Uemura, who nailed a D-spin 720 - one of the hardest tricks in the book - that Uemura had missed several times during the year.

The day was hardly a waste for Heil, though, as she was awarded her second straight Crystal Globe as World Cup circuit champion.

She had officially locked up the title Feb. 11 in Naeba, Japan, after wining her fifth event of the season.

"It was a great ceremony," said Heil, who picked up the trophy with a heavy load of tape still supporting a right thumb that was broken earlier in the year.

"They don't normally play the anthem for the winner during the World Cup races, so it was really exciting to hear it yesterday.

''It was very special.

"I feel great about all the hard work I've put in this year and I felt like it was a reward to hear the anthem being played."


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