Hannah Kearney the young Olympic Champion has continued her amazing winning streak to 13 with a victory in the Putnam Investments Moguls at the Visa Freestyle International at Deer Valley Resort. Heather McPhie, who was competiting in the very same venue that she qualified for the 2010 Olympics followed in second place with an incredibly impressive jump series. Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury claimed the top spot on the men’s side for his sixth consecutive win on the FIS Freestyle World Cup — he remains undefeated.
Kearney spoke of what is at stake during Thursday’s competition, “The pressure was on. I enjoyed it. It was nerves that I haven’t felt in a while but in an absolutely positive way and I’m glad I was able to take the nerves and perform well and not take them and buckle under the pressure.”
The best part of the day’s competition was that everyone seemed to have no trouble enjoying themselves, “This competition was so much fun. The crowds are amazing, the volunteers are amazing and the course is in such good condition. I’m having so much fun pushing the sport and doing that D-spin in every single run and getting experience all the time. I’m knocking on the door to beat Hannah one of these days soon”, said McPhie.
The U.S. Freestyle Ski Team had six women and four men in the finals. In addition to Kearney and McPhie’s podium finishes, fellow American Heidi Kloser narrowly missed joining them with a fourth place finish.
Todd Schirman, Freestyle Program Director was proud of his team’s performance, “It was absolutely amazing having three out of four ladies in the super finals. It’s really been the first time we’ve been set up to have a sweep. It’s amazing to see all of our women stepping up on degree of difficulty and pushing the sport and having the results to show.”
Next up is the aerials competition on Friday night with dual moguls slated for Saturday night.
Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team