U.S.Ski Team’s Hannah Kearney has dominated the FIS World Cup in women’s moguls on Friday. Despite the warm weather and soft moguls course in Rosa Khutor, Russia, the women representing the U.S. Ski Team finished strong. 26-year-old Kearney claimed gold. Following Kearney with silver was fellow U.S. skier Eliza Outtrim, Heather McPhie in 4th place (after a tiebreaker) and Mikaela Matthews in 6th.
Hannah Kearney gets the gold | Photo: Getty Images/AFP
Six women of Team USA advanced in the round of 16 semifinals while four worked their way into the six personal finals. Deneen and Joe Discoe of the U.S. were the only men to qualify for semifinals.The win boosted Kearney into the World Cup moguls overall lead. Notably, U.S.A’s Patrick Deneen placed second in the men’s moguls behind Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury.
2010 Olympic gold medalist Hannah Kearney commented on her outstanding performance, “Today really tested my skiing and to be able to pull off a win in all the different conditions we experienced makes me confident in my training and my ability.This venue and course is something really special. So many people are a part of making this a success and I’m extremely excited that the Olympics are here in less than a year.”
Eliza Outtrim pumpin’ in the moguls | Photo: ussa.org
Enthusiastic on her second place finish in moguls, Eliza Outtrim, stated, “It was a tough day out there, but I couldn’t be more pleased with the way I skied. The conditions weren’t exactly ideal but we were all at the same disadvantage and so many people skied really well. The venue is absolutely unreal. So many people worked so hard to pull this event off and I’m so thankful and appreciative of all their hard work. It really paid off.”
Patrick Deneen represented the men’s U.S. competition in a positive manner, “This course is awesome, It’s incredible, but the conditions were all over the place. We’re an outdoor sport so we have to learn to cope with those conditions and learn to make the best of it. I was lucky today that I was able to put down some solid runs and to have a podium on the Olympic Venue is a pretty unbelievable feeling. This venue is the best I’ve ever seen. To have moguls, aerials and halfpipe all end up in the same spot is pretty crazy. You can feel the energy and everyone feeds off that.”
Prepare for aerials scheduled this weekend.
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