Jenn's crystal clear

TERRY JONES, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:35 AM ET

There's big. Then there's really, really big.

You get a big trophy for winning the World Cup women's moguls title.

"It's called the Crystal Globe," said Jenn Heil, who won the World Cup title for a record fourth consecutive time Friday in Norway.

But there's another trophy for winning the overall freestyle title, the one she won for the first time in her career to complete the sport's regular season yesterday.

"I don't even know what it's called. The Really, Really Big Crystal Globe, I guess," she laughed in a telephone interview with the Sun less than an hour after her greatest moment since winning the gold medal for Canada at the Torino 2007 Olympic Winter Games.

"It's a lot bigger. It's so big they didn't even bring it here," she said.

"I didn't even get to touch it or pose for pictures with it. They told me they'd ship it to my home in Spruce Grove. It's going to be like Christmas knowing that it'll be there in a package to open when I get home.

"I've never won it before. I never dreamed of ever winning it. It didn't even cross my mind that I could win it.

"I didn't even think of it because I've never really been that close. It wasn't even a thought in my head until they told me well after I won the race here Friday that another win could set me up with enough points for me to win it."

Heil, with the back-to-back wins in Norway as a result of FIS adding another race to the final weekend to help make up for the number of events cancelled due to lack of snow this season, went out and won her sixth straight World Cup event of the year to make it happen.

"The all-time record, they've told me, is eight straight," said the queen of bumps and jumps.

"To win the Really Really Big Crystal Globe, to me, is really amazing because of the number of events we lost and considering I finished 11th in my first race of the season.

"But I've had such a big breakthrough in the last three weeks," she said of wins in Japan, Apex in British Columbia and Norway.

Heil scored 25.34 for a massive edge of 1.55 points ahead of silver medallist Margarita Marbler, the Austrian who was second the day before as well.

A Canadian also won bronze for the second straight day, as Kristi Richards of Summerland, B.C., reached the podium for the third time this season. Stephanie St-Pierre of Victoriaville, Que., won bronze Friday but slipped to 14th yesterday.

"It's the most challenging World Cup course I've ever skied on," said the 23-year-old Heil. "To me the toughest course was always Inawashiro in Japan but this was even more challenging this year."

The overall women's moguls' standings ended up with Heil on top with 784 points. Shannon 'Sparky' Bahrke of the United States, who won the first two events of the season, ended up second with 496. Richards was fourth and St-Pierre fifth.

In the overall standings for the freestyle ski disciplines of moguls, aerials, ski cross and half pipe combined, Heil won with 87.11 points. Aerialist Jacqui Cooper of Australia was second at 79.17 and aerialist Nina Li of China third.

"I'm not sure I can say how much it means to me because I never thought about winning it. One thing for sure, it says a lot about consistency. It's always been about consistency for me. Winning six in a row, I guess, speaks to that all by itself."

This win was a little different, she said.

"Friday I took a big risk to do a really big 360o jump on a really tough course. In this one, despite the fact the course was even more difficult because it froze overnight, I was really relaxed. I was in much more control of my 360o."

So it's on to Italy and the once-every-second-season world championships, where Heil has won the duals title but never the classic event before.

"I'm just going there with so much confidence now," she said.


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