Japanese medal hope Aiko Uemura narrowly missed out on a place on the podium and finished in fourth place in the women’s freestyle moguls at the Vancouver Olympics on Saturday.
American Hannah Kearney won the gold medal with 26.63 points, followed by Turin Olympic champion Jennifer Heil (25.69) of Canada with the silver. Shannon Bahrke of the United States took the bronze, 0.75 ahead of world champion Uemura.
Uemura negotiated the course with solid turns and got the second highest mark for her air maneuvers for a score of 24.68, but it was not good enough to stave off the stiff competition at Cypress Mountain.
”I don’t know why I keep going up just one rank each time”, said Uemura, who had finished in seventh, sixth and fifth in her previous three Olympic appearances. ”There are too many little things to hark on about my performance. I am disappointed but satisfied that I could ski well.”
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