ASTANA – Kazakh freestyle skier Dmitry Reiherd recently won a gold medal in moguls at the World Cup event in Lake Placid (USA). Reiherd had 82.20 points, Frenchman Benjamin Cave won silver with 80.73 points and third place went to Bradley Wilson of the U.S. with 78.08 points.
This is not the first win in international competitions for Reiherd. Before this triumph, Reiherd won the World Junior Championships (2007, Switzerland, parallel moguls), became a four-time winner of the European Cup stages (2008, France – moguls and parallel moguls, Germany – parallel moguls, Switzerland – parallel moguls), won bronze (moguls) and gold (parallel moguls) at the World Cup event in Sweden (2008) and a silver at the 2012 World Cup event in China.
Reiherd’s profile grew further after his successful performance at the 2014 Sochi Olympics where he placed fifth. Following the games, Reiherd said he disagreed with the judges’ marks and, in fact, had all chances to climb the Olympic podium.
Now Reiherd readies to give a good showing at the upcoming Winter Universiade in Almaty. It should be noted that he was very close to winning gold at the previous Universiade, which was held two years ago in Granada, Spain, but he lost to compatriot Pavel Kolmakov, also from Ust-Kamenogorsk. Pundits believe the main battle for gold in Almaty will be contested between these two skiers.