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5'6"
Weight
150
 

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Vermonter Hannah Kearney keeps finding herself in the middle of success, the most distinguished of which was her nailing the coveted gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, a title she will be fighting for again in Sochi.

As a youth, high school state soccer and track team championships were followed by four Junior World Championship titles in moguls. Once she hopped on the moguls World Cup circuit fulltime, the then-rookie Kearney was able to win two competitions – one when she was just 17 years old. A year later she was the 2005 moguls World Champion. In the 2011 season she secured her first freestyle overall title, a second moguls crown and her third and fourth World Championships medals. Kearney then went on to become World Champion yet again in 2013 in single moguls in Voss, Norway. She also secured a bronze Worlds medal in duals.

After an early season training injury, Kearney missed the first few World Cup stops but returned to the tour at her beloved Lake Placid, where she took the win. She went on to take nine more podiums throughout the season and her fourth overall moguls title.

Also notable was Kearney's winning streak from 2011-2012, where she notched 16 consecutive victories, eclipsing alpine legend Ingemar Stenmark’s record for the longest FIS World Cup win streak in all disciplines.

HANNAH SAYS
I am going to do everything in my power to avoid hospitalization in the coming year, in an effort to top 2012-2013. I am very excited for the opportunity to try to earn a spot on the 2014 Olympic Team, so that I can represent the United States in Sochi. I would like a chance to defend my title and soak up my last Olympic appearance. In an Olympic year, all of the media attention is on two weeks in February, but I train hard so that I can compete well during the entire World Cup circuit. I look forward to proving that I am still hungry and still able to improve.

FIRST TRACKS
On skis at two, Kearney came up through the Ford Sayre program and then moved to Nick Preston's team at Waterville Valley Resort, Waterville Valley, NH. She won the Eastern and Junior U.S. Championship moguls titles in 2002 (and Eastern duals championship) plus the Junior World Championship moguls and duals gold medals. Then she repeated both titles at Junior Worlds in '03. "Hannah's always performed at the highest level, and it's continued with us. Look at her soccer – the quickness, the good balance – look at her moves and she can copycat that into what it takes to make a good mogul turn. There's a lot of cross-over," said former coach Don St. Pierre.

OFF THE SNOW
When the snow melts, Kearney can be found hiking and biking as well as watching her brother's hockey games and dining with friends and family. She also has goals to develop her domestic skill set, working on all of the things she plans on doing for the rest of her life, such as cooking, baking, cleaning, organizing and mending.

 

Highlights

OLYMPICS
Gold medal, MO, Vancouver, CAN, 2010

22nd, MO, Torino, ITA, 2006  

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (top 10)
1st, MO, Voss, NOR, 2013
3rd, DM, Voss, NOR, 2013
1st, MO, Ruka, FIN, 2005

2nd, MO, Deer Valley, UT, 2011

3rd, DM, Deer Valley, UT, 2011

3rd, DM, Inawashiro, JPN, 2009
14th, MO, Inawashiro, JPN, 2009

WORLD CUP (highlights)
Overall moguls champion (7 wins), 2013
Overall freestyle champion and overall moguls champion (11 wins), 2012

Overall freestyle champion and overall moguls champion (9 wins), 2011

World Cup moguls champion (three wins), 2009

Over 50 career World Cup podiums including 37 victories

U.S. CHAMPIONSHIPS TITLES
2011, MO, Stratton Mt., VT

2010, MO, Squaw Valley, CA

2006, MO, Killington, VT

2006, DM, Killington, VT

OTHER
2003, 2002 Juniors Worlds moguls, duals gold