Moguls Inawashiro 2009

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Moguls Medal Ceremony

Uemura’s gold attracts numerous people, overflowing from the ceremonial site

The moguls medal ceremony took place on the seventh, and Aiko Uemura’s gold gathered approximately 1,000 people. Those who could not get inside the room celebrated watching the monitors. As Uemura accepted the gold, she showed her “Aiko smile” in response to the audience. She was flooded with flashing lights as she stood with other athletes including silver medalist Jennifer Heil (Canada), bronze medalist Nikola Sudova (Czech Republic), and fourth place Miki Ito.

She is the first Japanese athlete to win the gold at the FIS Freestyle World Championships. This is Uemura’s third time on the podium at the World Championships following her bronze at moguls in 2001 at Whistler, and a bronze at dual moguls in 2005 at Ruka.

Men’s champion Patrick Deneen (USA) raised his right arm as he got up on the podium and responded to the crowd. He is the second American to win at the World Championships, following Nathan Roberts win in 2005 at Ruka. Inawashiro became the birthplace of new heroes. Nobuyuki Nishi who placed fourth stood on the top spot of the podium, as if to declare “this will be my spot next time” and brought excitement to the crowd.


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