Vermont native and Olympic medalist Hannah Kearney took first place in moguls at the U.S. Freestyle Championships held at Stratton Mountain Resort. Patrick Deneen, also of the U.S. Ski Team, won the men’s competition, which took place on World Cup.
Kearney (Norwich, VT) beat out the top 46 ladies mogul skiers in the country with a score of 26.62. While receiving her medal, Kearney was honored by the North American Snowsports Journalist Association with the Paul Robbins Outstanding Competitor Award. Kearney, who spoke fondly of her old friend Robbins, was moved to receive the award in her home state. Deneen secured the top spot among the men’s athletes with a score of 26.31.
Kearney was joined on the podium by K.C. Oakley (Park City, UT) in second and ski team member Heather McPhie (Bozeman, MT) in third. Deneen stood beside teammate Jeremy Cota (Carrabassett Valley, ME), who took second, and Ryan Dyer (Steamboat Springs, CO), who stood in third.
The Freestyle Championships continue through the weekend. Tonight will see the athletes on a parade through the Village at 6pm followed by an autograph signing in the Main Base Lodge at 6:45pm and opening ceremony fireworks at 8:30pm.
U.S. Freestyle Championships
Stratton Mountain, VT – March 25, 2011
1. Hannah Kearney – Norwich, VT – 26.62
2. K. C. Oakley – Park City, UT – 24.93
3. Heather McPhie – Bozeman, MT – 24.87
1. Patrick Deneen – Cle Elum, WA – 26.31
2. Jeremy Cota – Carrabassett Valley, ME – 25.53
3. Ryan Dyer – Steamboat Springs, CO – 24.92