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Kearney Sets Tone at Ruka Opener

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2013-12-14 10:59
 

RUKA, Finland (Dec. 14) – Olympic gold medalist Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) kicked off the 2014 Olympic season with a comeback win at the Word Cup opener Saturday. Kearney was the only U.S. woman to advance to the second final on the fast, icy course, while Pat Deneen (Cle Elum, WA) spun out in the men’s second final to finish sixth. Next, U.S. Freestyle heads to Calgary, AB for the World Cup moguls Jan. 4.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Olympic gold medalist Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) kicked off the 2014 Olympic season with a comeback win at the Word Cup opener Saturday in Ruka, Finland.
  • Kearney was the only U.S. woman to advance to second final on the fast, icy Battery Run.
  • Kearney stuck her 360 mute grab during the second final, which put her into first after finishing third in the first final.
  • World Champion Pat Deneen (Cle Elum, WA) spun out in the men’s second final to finish sixth, allowing Canadian Mikael Kingsbury to win the event.
  • Four men and four women made it through qualifications, but only Kearney and Deneen made it to the second final.
  • Heather McPhie (Bozeman, MT) finished seventh while Bradley Wilson (Butte, MT) finished 9th.
  • Kearney didn’t compete last year in order to rest after a training crash.
  • Next, U.S. Freestyle heads to Calgary, AB for the World Cup moguls Jan. 4.

QUOTES
Hannah Kearney
Today was challenging for me because I didn't have a very good first run and I don't like losing, so I had to battle back. I was happy that my best run was my last one.

I botched my mute grab on my first run, but as the day went on I was able to pull it off as I wanted on my final run. It was a good build up over the three runs and it takes some adjustment to get used to the three run format. 

This was a huge confidence boost, especially since we have a long break now. This lends to a much less stressful holiday!

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