Gold medalist Hannah Kearney bids adieu to Lake Placid, moves to Steamboat

Posted By: The Ski Channel on July 28, 2010 3:41 pm

2010 Olympic moguls gold medalist Hannah Kearney has changed up her usual scenery this summer, leaving her traditional summer training home of Lake Placid, NY and heading to Steamboat Springs, CO.

Although the place has changed for Kearney, her day-to-day routine in preparation for the 2011 World Cup campaign stays the same. Focusing on training more independently this summer, she is sticking to a structured regime consisting of training and working out.

“I’m doing the same exact thing every single day,” said Kearney. “I moved here for a change of scenery. I’ve trained at the Lake Placid ramps for a very long time. It’s a really structured environment over there, and I respond well to it. Steamboat was an opportunity to branch out my training and to learn to train a little more independently.”

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club (SSWSC) has generously offered Kearney free training at their water ramps and gym, also allowing her to jump in the four day program when her busy schedule permits.

In conjunction with her time spent training at SSWSC, Kearney has been practicing her moves on a skier’s favorite summer toy, a trampoline. Teaming up with Olympian Bobby Aldighieri, Kearney has been relying on trampoline sessions to improve her acrobatic skills.

Additionally, Kearney has been enjoying the natural offerings of Steamboat by exploring the adventurous mountain bike and hiking trails found nearby.

“I’ve gone on a couple hikes out here that are unlike any other hikes I’ve ever been on,” explained Kearney. “There’s one where you cross these five foot rocks 1,000 feet above the ground and then another one where you end up at the most beautiful glacier lake.”

Up next for Kearney will be a three-week snow camp in Perisher, Australia from August 2-22.

“I will be packing up my car the day we fly to Australia and the day we get back from Australia I’m going to get my car and head back home,” said Kearney. “It’s been a pretty short summer, but the weather here has been absolutely beautiful. I understand why people like Colorado in the summer time.”