American Hannah Kearney wrapped up a historic World Cup season on Sunday, March 18th, in Megeve, France, winning FIS Freestyle World Cup overall and moguls titles. The Olympian dominated the World Cup scene all season long, winning a record setting 16 consecutive World Cup contests and placing first in 11 of her 13 World Cup competitions. Kearney now has two overall titles (2012, 2011) and three moguls titles (2012, 2011, 2009) to her name. Kearney’s incredible performance also lead the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team to an overall Nations Cup for moguls.
Talking about her new acquired World Cup Crystal Globes, Kearney exclaimed, “They are beautiful. It’s a really nice reqard for a season of hard work. I think it’s fitting that they weigh so much and are so detailed because it take a lot to earn them.”
Thankful for Kearney’s leadership and praising her athletic ability, U.S. Freestyle Program Director, Todd Schriman stated, “Hannah Kearney was unstoppable this year, rewriting records, winning the moguls and overall freestyle titles – true dominance. We are fortunate to have such an incredible athlete inspiring a deep U.S. Team and future stars at resorts across America.”
Fellow Americans Patrick Deneed and Jeremy Cota also finished a strong season, placing second and third respectively, in the final World Cup moguls rankings. Additionally, American rookies, Bradley Wilson and K.C. Oakley, who both finished in the top-ten, won World Cup Rookie-of-the-year titles for moguls and Jonathan Lillis won rookie honors in aerials.
Overall, the U.S. Freestyle Team finished the season with seven team members – four women and three men – ranked in the World Cup moguls top ten. “It’s been an amazing year,” Moguls Head Coach, Scott Rawles commented. “I couldn’t be more proud of the team. Winning the moguls World Cup as a team is incredible. I’m really psyched to be taking that back to the states.”
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Feature Photo Caption and Credit: Hannah Kearney holds her crystal globes high as FIS Freestyle World Cup overall and moguls champion; photo by Mike Ridewood.