ARE, Sweden – Olympic gold medalist Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) clinched her second World Cup moguls title with a win Friday in Are, Sweden. It was Kearney’s seventh win of the season.
Kearney has become the definition of consistency this season, winning all World Cup individual moguls events and two of the four dual moguls World Cups with three podium finishes. She has been on the podium in all but one event this season.
“That has been my goal all year long,” said Kearney about winning the World Cup moguls title for the second time. “It is really satisfying.”
After qualifying first, Kearney stuck with her routine package, throwing a back layout off the first hit and a big heli off the bottom jump. Her airs, along with her quick, tight turns and smooth style, were exactly what the judges wanted, rewarding her with a score of 26.33.
“I was pleased with my first run, but after hearing Jen Heil’s [of Canada] score, which was nice and high, I didn’t want to get complacent. So I skied aggressively,” explained a modest Kearney. “My jumps were not perfect. I left room for improvement there, but it was enough. I am really happy with the way I competed today.”
Kearney is quick to point out that there are areas of her skiing that still need work. Her mindset does not allow her to look back at the season and say she is skiing perfectly. She analyzes each race, breaks it down by section to find where she can improve and then works on those specifics. It is this self awareness and desire to both win and improve that has kept Kearney on top of the podium for the entire season.
“Hannah has been incredibly consistent at a very high level all year,” said Head Coach Scott Rawles. “In the back of her mind, I think she wanted to finish off the World Cup. That was her main goal of the year and she accomplished that.”
Heather McPhie (Bozeman, MT) joined Kearney on the podium Friday in third for her first World Cup podium of the season. She had the fastest time in the finals.
“She was relaxed and really let it go, and did a great job,” said Rawles.
For the men, Friday was a bit of a struggle. Jeremy Cota (Carrabassett Valley, ME) and Joe Discoe (Telluride, CO) were fourth and fifth, respectively, after the qualifying run. In their final runs, Discoe went off course and was unable to finish. Cota was not as clean as in qualifiers, finishing eighth.
David DiGravio (Farmington, ME) also made the finals finishing ninth.
The skiers blitz the moguls course in Are, Sweden again, Saturday Mar. 12, in a World Cup dual moguls competition. The season ends next week in Myrkdalen-Voss, Norway.
FIS Freestyle World Cup
Are, Sweden – Mar. 11, 2011
1. Alexandre Bilodeau, Canada., 26.17
2. Guilbaut Colas, France, 25.80
3. Mikael Kingsbury, Canada, 25.36
8. Jeremy Cota, Carrabassett Valley, ME. 23.83
9. David DiGravio, Farmington, ME, 23.60
12. Joe Discoe, Telluride, CO.
- did not qualify for finals
15. Sho Kashima, Lake Tahoe, CA
18. Nathan Roberts, Park City, UT
25. Jay Panther, Park City, UT
DNF: Patrick Deneen, Cle Elum, WA
1. Hannah Kearney, Norwich, VT, 26.33
2. Jennifer Heil, Canada, 25.61
3. Heather McPhie, Bozeman, MT, 25.08
10. Kayla Snyderman, Winchester, MA, 22.63
12. Heidi Kloser, Vail, CO, 21.06
- did not qualify for finals
31. Eliza Outtrim, Steamboat Springs, CO, 6.19
1. Guilbaut Colas, France, 661
2. Mikael Kingsbury, Canada, 595
3. Alexandre Bilodeau, Canada, 579
1. Hannah Kearney, Norwich, VT, 809
2. Jennifer Heil, Canada, 572
3. Audrey Robichaud, Canada, 395
1. Andreas Matt, Austria, 75
2. Guilbaut Colas, France, 73
3. Guangpu QI, China, 66
1. Hannah Kearney, Norwich, VT, 90
2. Jennifer Heil, Canada, 64
3. Shuang Cheng, China, 63