Kearney Takes Silver at 2010 Olympic Test Event

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 8, 2009 12:45 pm

It was nearly a Deer Valley repeat for the ladies at the World Cup mogul event, on the 2010 Olympic course at Cypress Mountain, just outside of Vancouver. Canadian Jennifer Heil edged out American Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) for the gold. Kearney still remains the current leader in the World Cup moguls standings, as she’s been on the podium at every event this season.

 

Kearney skied a near flawless run, as per usual, and performed a back layout on the top air. It was a solid jump, but the judges scored Heil’s top air higher. "I skied it better than I did in training,” Kearney said. “Maybe not my best ever, but solid."

 

After some solid, fast turns, Kearney then landed a giant heli mute grab. "I did it for the second time in competition, and this time I actually grabbed it, so that was very satisfying. I’m glad I pushed myself and tried something new," Kearney said. "I just skied the best I could on that course, and it was my best run down all week. So I’m happy."

 

Hannah Kearney rocks the Heli Mute Grab

"Hannah did such an awesome job," said U.S. Freestyle Ski Team Moguls Head Coach Scott Rawles. "It’s her fifth podium in five events and she laid down her best stuff. In the final, she had the fastest time, skied great and really stuck her mute grab for the first time in competition. She’s definitely really on the right track."

 

Teammate and fellow red-head, Shannon Bahrke (Tahoe City, CA) nabbed the next best American finish, with an eighth place. Austria’s Margarita Marbler, (originally from Russia), collected the bronze.

 

On the men’s side, Canadian Alexandre Bilodeau took the gold. Both Heil and Bilodeau are coached by former Canadian Olympic mogul star, Dominick Gauthier, and clearly, Gauthier is doing something right. U.S. team speedster,  Patrick Deneen (Cle Elum, WA) was fourth, taking the ‘rubber medal’ by an unfortunate three tenths of a point.

Pat Deneen tears through the bumps at Cypress 

Three other U.S. Freestyle Ski Teammers made it into the top 10: Michael Morse (Duxbury, MA) finished in seventh place for the second time this season, and David Babic (Washington, VT) took the tenth spot.

 

Other Americans still brought it to the 2010 table, as the pre-Olympic energy was high. Young up-and-comers Bryon Wilson (Butte, MT) and Sho Kashima (S. Lake Tahoe, CA) pulled out some of the most difficult jumps on the hill.

 

"I went early so I had to pull out something spectacular. I threw a corked 720 at the top, landed that pretty well. And I went for the corked 1080 – a tough jump I don’t throw very much but I had to go for it. It’s good to know I can do it even though it didn’t end up as well as I wanted. But I now have something to build on in the next few weeks," Kashima said.

 

Coach Rawles felt going all out was in order. "We’re not just going to be conservative and ski for 10th place; we’re skiing for the podium and the win and I’m psyched about how my guys came out," Rawles said.

 

Rounding out the podium was long-time veteran, Yugo Tsukita of Japan taking the silver, and Frenchman and Deer Valley World Cup winner Guilbaut Colas grabbing the bronze.

 

On Track for the 2010 Olympic Games

 

The athletes and coaches were satisfied with the venues, and impressed with Canada’s willingness to improve rough spots. Over the course of the week, officials modified the bottom air to make it safer, and smoothed the tops of moguls that reached three feet.

 

"The course is great here and they were receptive to athlete’s and coach’s concerns," Kearney said. "We were nervous on the first day of training—it was very difficult and very different from Deer Valley—and it turned out well.”

 

"Being here is awesome," added Kashima. "Getting some experience hopefully for next year is great."

 

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

FIS FREESTYLE WORLD CUP

Cypress Mountain, BC – Feb. 7, 2009

Moguls

 

Men

1. Alexandre Bilodeau, Canada, 25.65

2. Yugo Tsukita, Japan, 25.09

3. Guilbaut Colas, France, 24.78mo

4. Pat Deneen, Cle Elum, WA, 24.43

5. Pierre Ochs, France, 24.03

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7. Michael Morse, Duxbury, MA, 23.03

10. David Babic, Washington, VT, 22.26

14. Sho Kashima, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 12.46

16. Bryon Wilson, Butte, MT, 10.82

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Did not make finals

20. Landon Gardner, Missoula, MT, 20.09

 

Women

1. Jennifer Heil, Canada, 24.79

2. Hannah Kearney, Norwich, VT, 24.18

8. Shannon Bahrke, Tahoe City, CA, 21.84

12. Kayla Snyderman, Winchester, MA, 21.15

15. Emiko Torito, Denver, 19.66

16. Michelle Roark, Denver, 19.26

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Did not make finals

28. Shelly Robertson, Reno, NV, 11.74

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Photos: Tom Kelly/ U.S. Ski Team

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