Former gymnast Heather McPhie came late to moguls skiing, but she's been making up for lost time. In 2010, the Bozeman, Montana native found a new gear and accelerated to her first four career World Cup podiums, including one win in her current hometown of Park City, UT. Her breakout results earned her a trip to her first Olympics in Vancouver.
In 2012, McPhie became the first ever moguls skier to pick up a Red Bull sponsorship. She used her new wings in the 2012-13 season to add five World Cup podiums, three of which were wins, to her skiing resume.
McPhie started out the 2014 season strong with a fourth-place finish in Deer Valley. She then headed to Russia for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games and placed 13th, a five-spot improvement over her Vancouver result. After Sochi, she landed her first moguls podium of the season with a second in Inawashiro, Japan before rounding out the World Cup season with three more top-five results and finishing fifth in the moguls standings.
Her parents were ski instructors, so when McPhie was finished with gymnastics, she turned to skiing. She tells it best: "Growing up I had always loved mogul skiing, so my parents signed me up for the Bridger Freestyle Ski Team. The first year I competed in all the competitions and rarely made it down without falling, but I immediately loved it. For the first two years, I skipped the jumps because I was petrified of them." She's no longer scared of the jumps. "I feel in love with jumping," she said.
OFF THE SNOW
During the dry months, McPhie is never bored. “I have gotten even more into road biking, and am loving snowboarding after the competitive season,” says McPhie. She also enjoys mountain biking once the trails dry out.
- Bridger Ski Foundation
- Westminster College
Teams: 2010, 2014
18th, MO, Vancouver, CAN, 2010
13th, MO Sochi, RUS, 2014
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (top 10)
Teams: 2007, 2011, 2013
4th, DM, Voss, Norway, 2013
4th, MO, Voss Norway 2013
4th, DM, Deer Valley, UT, 2011
6th, MO, Deer Valley, UT, 2011
8th, MO, Madonna di Campilio, ITA, 2007
9th, DM, Madonna di Campilio, ITA, 2007
WORLD CUP (highlights)
1 World Cup podium, 2014
5th in World Cup moguls standings, 2014
3 World Cup wins. 2013
5 World Cup podiums, 2013
2nd in overall standings, 2010
First podium was a victory (MO, Deer Valley, UT, 2010)
Rookie of the Year, 2007
U.S. CHAMPIONSHIPS TITLES (1)
2012, MO, Stratton Mountain, VT
Second place in National Championships, Heavenly, CA, 2013
Co-Montana Athletes of the Year, 2010
Europa Cup victory, Suomo, FIN, 2009
15-time NorAm podium finisher including nine victories
Three-time NorAm moguls overall champion (2005, 2006, 2009)