Heil still feels she can do better

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:58 AM ET

Silver. Again.

Jenn Heil is stuck on the second step of the podium and has been ever since she won silver for Canada in moguls at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Saturday it was the first of back-to-back weekend runs at Lake Placid for the Spruce Grove freestyle skier who has won five Crystal Globes as World Cup points leader to match the record set by American Donna Weinbrecht, the 1992 Olympic gold-medal winner.

Second again.

It was Heil's fourth podium finish of the season. Three have been silvers and another a bronze.

She now has 25 World Cup gold, 22 silver and seven bronze to go with her two Olympic medals -- one gold and one silver -- and two gold and two silver from the world championships.

Both Heil, the 2006 Olympic gold-medal winner, and Alex Bilodeau, who won 2010 gold in Vancouver, won silvers in Lake Placid Saturday while Quebec City's Audrey Robichaud won her first ever FIS World Cup medal, finishing third behind Hannah Kearney of the U.S.A. and Heil.

Kearney, the World Cup points leader, won the event despite Heil having the fastest time of the day to finish first in the semifinal.

Heil remained second overall to Kearney -- 409 points to 340.

"I felt good and really enjoyed the nicest conditions ever for a competition at Lake Placid," said Heil, who says the forecast is for colder weather for the second go-round Sunday before the World Cup field proceeds to Calgary for the next event on the circuit.

"I never specifically work on just speed but I've been working really hard on speed this week and I feel like I've been able to re-establish the quickness of my turns," she said. "Sunday I'm going to work on making my overall package better," said Heil, who now lives in Montreal where she attends McGill University.

"I think that 10 years into my career I'm showing that I still have the passion and I still feel I can do better," she said.

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