Another silver for Heil

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:57 PM ET

EDMONTON - Jenn Heil is on a silver streak.

The pride of Spruce Grove who had been the uncontested queen of bumps and jumps through five World Cup Crystal Globes and a 2006 Olympic gold medal until she won silver at Vancouver 2010, has won silver again.

Opening the season with a freestyle skiing moguls silver in northern Finland, Heil won silver Tuesday in the first-ever World Cup event in China.

It was the 52nd podium of her World Cup career including 25 golds.

“It has been a lot of fun to race for the first time and experience China,” she said.

“We raced in northeastern China, two hours from the closest ‘village’ of four million people.

“The food was certainly an adventure and I’m so happy that I am coming home to Edmonton for turkey dinner with the family.

“I am going to have no problem going back for seconds this year, for sure.”

Seconds seems to be a theme for Heil lately.

“I finished second behind Hannah Kearney in another very tight race,” she said of the American who won the gold in Vancouver and won the season opener in Finland as well.

“We were only .06 apart.”

Heil led a trio of Canadians behind Kearney.

Kristi Richards of Summerland, B.C. was third and Audrey Robichaud of Quebec was fourth.

“I finally felt really strong on my skis after three races. I was the fastest run of the day with the aggressive skiing I wanted with good jumps.

“However, I had a step out in the middle of the course.

“I feel like I re-established my foundation for the races with my technique and mindset. Now I need to minimize the mistakes.

“I am coming home feeling hungry in more ways than one and looking forward to the holidays with the family and building on the first three races of the season.

Heil was sixth in Meribel in the second event of the season.

Kearney leads the standings with 280 points with Heil second at 200 and Richards third with 146 going into the Christmas break.

The World Cup schedule features three North American stops in Mont Gabriel, Quebec, Lake Placid N.Y. and Calgary in January. The final third of the schedule involves trips to Sweden, Norway and the Czech Republic.


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