Hannah Kearney Tops World Cup Moguls in Sweden

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 13, 2009 6:45 am

It was a solid day for the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team mogul specialists in Are, Sweden today, even if their results fell below their stellar standard. Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) finished fourth, which was her first time off the podium this season, but still enough to keep her lead in the World Cup standings. I’m left with sort of an odd feeling after today," Kearney said. "I guess I am pleased with my skiing but not satisfied with my results. Once you get the taste of victory, that’s the only thing that’s going to satisfy your competitive desire."

The coveted victory went to Austrian (and formerly Russian) skier Margarita Marbler. (Canadian Jennifer Heil took the silver and veteran Aiko Uemura nabbed the bronze.)

Kearney’s fourth place finish was nothing short of remarkable, as she was 12th going into the finals. “She didn’t ski very well in her qualifying run. She was probably a little bit lucky to get in, but she skied a good second run," said Moguls Head Coach, Scott Rawles.

"Being in that situation leaves you with nothing to lose so I was able to just go for it my second run and I was the fastest girl in finals," Kearney said.

Several of Kearney’s teammates had solid performances, too, with three other ladies grabbing top-tens. Newcomer Eliza Outtrim (Steamboat Springs, CO) was fifth, Shannon Bahrke (Tahoe City, CA) sixth, and Emiko Torito (Denver, CO) eighth.

On the men’s side, Sho Kashima (South Lake Tahoe, CA) topped the U.S. teammers with a sixth place finish, followed by 2008 U.S. National Champion Michael Morse (Duxbury, MA), who took his third consecutive seventh.
Comeback kid Jeremy Bloom also skied explosively, and just missed the top-ten by .05 points, finishing 11th.

"Sho did some really good stuff today, and we’re definitely seeing some good consistency out of Michael Morse. He’s pushing the speed a little bit more,” Rawles said. “It was also really good to see Jeremy get in to the final. I think that, after having a three-year break, we’re seeing improvements every week," Rawles said. "It’s just going to be a matter of time before he puts it all together."

The Canadians swept the men’s podium, with Alexandre Bilodeau taking gold, veteran Pierre Alexandre Rousseau the silver, and Vincent Marquis the bronze.



Are, Sweden – Feb. 13, 2009

1. Alexandre Bilodeau, Canada, 26.11

2. Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau, Canada, 25.96

3. Vincent Marquis, Canada, 25.44

4. Dmitriy Reiherd, Kazakhstan, 25.40

5. Guilbaut Colas, France, 25.37


6. Sho Kashima, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 25.29

7. Michael Morse, Duxbury, MA, 25.26

11. Jeremy Bloom, Denver, 24.15

17. Landon Gardner, Missoula, MT, 23.01

21. David Babic, Washington, VT, 22.67


1. Margarita Marbler, Austria, 24.89

2. Jennifer Heil, Canada, 24.74

3. Aiko Uemura, Japan, 24.66

4. Hannah Kearney, Norwich, VT, 24.50

5. Eliza Outtrim, Steamboat Springs, CO, 24.49


6. Shannon Bahrke, Tahoe City, CA, 23.95

8. Emiko Torito, Denver, 23.37

17. Shelly Robertson, Reno, NV, 20.76

20. Michelle Roark, Denver, 19.90