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World juniors: U.S. athletes earn 4 medals in Russia

World juniors: U.S. athletes earn 4 medals in Russia{mosimage}KRASNOE OZERO, Russia – U.S. skiers are returning from Russia with four medals earned during freestyle’s Junior World Championships, which were held for the first time since 2003 in Canada.

Jay Bowman-Kirigan (Salt Lake City/Wasatch Freestyle Foundation) picked up two medals, silver in dual moguls and bronze in moguls.

Moguls opened the schedule Friday and Russians won both events, with Andrey Volkov and Ekaterina Stolyarova taking gold. Bowman-Kirigan and Caterina Mader (Steamboat Springs, Colo./Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) collected bronze in their respective contests while there also were three other top fives for the Americans: Bryon Wilson (South Taylorsville, Utah) was fourth in the men’s event while Mckenzy Golding (Reno, Nev./Squaw Valley Freestyle Team) and Kayla Snyderman (Winchester, Mass./Waterville Valley BBTS) finishing 4-5 among the women.

The next day, it was dual moguls. Bowman-Kirigan was silver medalist, again behind Volkov, while Patrick Deneen (Elum, Wash./Silver Mountain Freestyle) was bronze medalist. In the women’s contest, Alizee Boulangeat of France won while Mader and Snyderman went 4-5.

Aerials completed the competition Monday. U.S. skiers again finished fourth in each competition, just off the podium – Allison Lee (Manchester, Vt./Waterville Valley BBTS) was fourth in the women’s event while Dylan Ferguson (Amesbury, Mass./WV BBTS) missed the men’s podium by 2.56 points.

– USSA

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