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Kashima takes fifth in World Cup

Tribune staff report

South Lake Tahoe skier Sho Kashima took fifth place Saturday during World Cup championships in Calgary, Alberta.

The finish proved “his mental strength after he injured his knee last season on the same run,” according to a U.S. Ski Team press release.

World Cup Champion Hannah Kearney earned a second-place finish on a steep and icy Calgary moguls course, while Patrick Deneen took third, his first FIS World Cup podium of the Olympic season. Kearney also became the first U.S. athlete to achieve two top-three finishes required for Olympic qualification, the release stated.

Canadians Mikael Kingsbury and Justine Dufour-Lapointe won the men’s and women’s events. Kearney and Dufour-Lapointe are tied in FIS points and will both wear the yellow bib at the Visa Freestyle International at Deer Valley.

“Single-digit temperatures and course conditions were a factor for all the athletes, preventing most from skiing confidently on the slick, icy snow,” the release stated.

Saturday was the second of four World Cup moguls events in the Olympic selection period. The Visa Freestyle International at Deer Valley will take place Jan. 9-11.

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