Hannah Kearney showing off her perfected top air as she skied to moguls gold at the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships in Voss, Norway. (Garth Hager)
VOSS, NORWAY (March 7) – Powerhouse Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) executed near perfect runs to earn her second career World Championship title at the the 2013 Voss FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships. In front of a crowd of thousands, Kearney stayed atop the leader board through each round with the fastest times, cleanest turns and biggest air. Teammate and 2009 World Champion, Patrick Deneen (Cle Elum, WA) earned bronze. Mikael Kingsbury of Canada took the men's gold.
Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) earned gold at FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships.
Pat Deneen (Cle Elum, WA), the 2009 World Champion, earned bronze.
Kearney became only the third woman in history to earn two World Championship moguls titles (Candice Gilg of France, 1995, 1997; Kari Traa of Norway, 2001, 2003).
Kearney threw back lay on the top air and a 360 mute grab on the bottom and maxed out her speed points with a score of 7.5 in her final run.
Deneen threw a D7 on top air and a huge back X on bottom.
Heather McPhie (Bozeman, MT), who qualified second, ended the competition in fourth.
Deciding to go big and throw a full on her top air, McPhie had a deviation in her line upon landing which put her into fourth.
Firm snow allowed for fast skiing from all athletes
Dual moguls will kick off Friday at 8 a.m. ET
QUOTES Hannah Kearney In this sport you have to be on top of your game all the time or your career isn't going to be successful. There are always new athletes coming up the line and new tricks to perfect it's a constant game, and it's a pressure that I put on myself. I have to say that my injury this season definitely helped me keep my focus. When I was watching my competitors train and compete it only pushed me to not be complacent and to never take my health for granted. It became my epic challenge to battle back and fight for that yellow bib.
I put the pressure on myself today to elevate my skiing to where the competition was. That's what I have to do at every event in order to be successful. Whether it's a World Cup, World Champs or the Olympics. Moguls is a difficult sport and often inconsistent so to be able to say I won this event eight years ago is a testament to the consistency of my skiing. That's something i'm extremely proud of.
Scott Rawles, Moguls Head Coach Today was a great day for the moguls team. We qualified all eight of our athletes from yesterday for the finals today. Hannah came out and performed at an exceptionally high level even for her today. Her runs were fast and dynamic and she nailed both of her jumps on both runs. Quite an accomplishment to be World Champion again after her last title in 2005. Patrick Deneen skied the fastest run in the final and had an excellent result in third place. Heather McPhie threw a back full and a D-Spin in one run which is the highest degree of difficulty ever performed at World Championships in moguls. She had a couple of difficulties on her exit out of the top air but I couldn't be prouder that she threw everything she had out there. We are right back at it tomorrow morning for dual mogul qualifying and I think the whole team and staff are looking forward to the event on Friday.
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