Vail’s Heidi Kloser going to Worlds in Deer Valley
Vail, CO Colorado
CALGARY – Yes, Vail’s Heidi Kloser qualified Thursday, finishing ninth, for this Sunday’s World Cup moguls event. But the big news came Thursday evening.
The 18-year-old, who is competing in her first full year on the tour, is going to the World Freestyle Ski Championships next week in Deer Valley, Utah, in moguls. The event is Wednesday.
“Just found out that I am going to be competing in World Championships at Deer Valley next week,” Kloser said on Twitter. “I am super excited.”
Kloser has had a meteoric rise of late, first qualifying for the U.S. team in December 2009. She competed in World Cup stops in the United States, and proceeded to win the Nor-Am moguls crown when the tour went to Europe for a while. That earned her some late-season entries into the World Cup, where she promptly was named FIS’s Rookie of the Year.
This winter, Kloser had the first two top-10s of her career, finishing 10th in Ruka, Finland, and then in Beida, China. Last weekend, she had a rough go of it in Lake Placid, N.Y., finishing 37th on Saturday, but rebounding for 18th Sunday.
Kloser is not the only local who will be at Deer Valley. Eagle-Vail’s Chris Del Bosco, who is down in Aspen at the Winter X Games, will be competing in skicross.