Freestyle Programs

Kearney Streak Continues at Deer Valley

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USSA
2014-01-11 21:21
 

PARK CITY, UT (Jan. 11) – Defending Olympic champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) took her second victory of the week in front of the huge crowd Saturday at the Visa Freestyle International FIS World Cup at Deer Valley, giving her six-straight victories on the 2002 Olympic venue. Kearney’s near-flawless run forced Yulia Galysheva of Kazakhstan into second and an ecstatic Maxime Dufour-Lapointe into third with her career first podium. NBC will air coverage of Saturday night’s competition on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. EST. The moguls team heads to Lake Placid Jan. 15 for the USANA Freestyle Cup.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Defending Olympic champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) took her second victory of the week in front of the huge crowd Saturday at the Visa Freestyle International FIS World Cup at Deer Valley, giving her six-straight victories on the 2002 Olympic venue. Kearney has also earned four podiums this season with three victories.
  • Kearney’s near-flawless run forced Yulia Galysheva of Kazakhstan into second and an ecstatic Maxime Dufour-Lapointe into third with her career first podium.
  • Five U.S. women made the top nine Saturday with seven moving onto finals and four making the superfinals.
  • Eliza Outtrim (Hamden, CT) took her season best result in fourth and Heidi Kloser (Vail, CO) finished fifth.
  • Sophia Schwartz (Steamboast Springs, CO) skied in her first two World Cups this weekend, finishing seventh in each.
  • Ali Kariotis (Tiburon, CA) made finals both days this weekend, finishing a career best ninth on Saturday.
  • Kearney met the Olympic team qualification criteria last week with her second FIS World Cup podium in Calgary. The rest of the U.S. women have two more chances to seal their two required podiums for qualification.
  • The moguls team heads to Lake Placid for the USANA Freestyle Cup Jan. 15 and then Val St. Come, QC Jan. 19 for the last remaining World Cups before Sochi.
  • NBC will air coverage of Saturday night’s competition on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. EST.

QUOTES
Hannah Kearney
That felt really good. That felt like a prettier run than my one two nights ago. I tried to find the balance of speed, but also control, and that felt much cleaner. This just gives me momentum and I want to go compete again right now.

You can see, feel and hear the crowd. I used it. At practice I thought there’s a chance this is a larger crowd than we’ll have at the Olympics, and there’s certainly more people cheering for me than there are going to be at the Olympics. So I used it and tried to put on a show.

Today was unusual. There were some people missing from superfinals, and even finals, that you would usually see. Aiko (Iwamoto) fell, Heather (McPhie) fell, Chloe Dufour-Lapointe fell. So, it had a different feel, but that’s a testament to how deep the field is, that there’s still that many good skiers coming down despite some of the strongest falling.

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