Kearney Back on Top
ARE, Sweden (March 16) - Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) took back the yellow bib and her lead in the World Cup mogul standings after her win Saturday in duals. It came after an uncharacteristic 14th place finish in single moguls Friday. Bradley Wilson (Butte, MT) took third place in men’s while World Champion Alex Bilodeau took the win. Next week the team throws down in Sierra Nevada, Spain for the last moguls event of the season.
- Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) took the win Saturday after an uncharacteristic 14th place finish in single moguls Friday.
- Kearney took back the yellow bib, moving back to the top of the World Cup standings with one event left in the season.
- Brad Wilson (Butte, MT) took third place in the men’s.
- Wilson moved forward by one point after he dueled with Dylan Walczyk (Breckenridge, CO) in one of the fastest runs of the day.
- Heather McPhie (Bozeman, MT) landed in fourth after a crash in her bottom air, but she was able to take out World Cup point leader Justine Dufour-Lapointe in the quarterfinals round.
- Two Canadians, Olympic Champion Mikael Kingsbury and World Champion Alex Bilodeau, dueled with Bilodeau taking the win for the men.
- The team heads to Sierra Nevada, Spain this week for the World Cup finals and a last chance to score some points in the standings.
There's nothing like having a terrible competition and losing the yellow bib to light some fire underneath you. I didn't sleep well last night because I was dwelling on the mistakes I made yesterday but sometimes in duals you just have to ski through the mistakes and I was able to do that today. That and my overall skiing was just a lot better.
My final dual was against Yulia Galysheva and she's known for being really good at duals because of her front flip on the bottom air. I had the guys watching and they told me I've got to be in front of her by a few bumps going into the bottom air if I want to win. I just listened to them!
The conditions were great this morning; cold in the morning so the snow was great and it's been sunny since we got here.
My finals run was against Per Spett, the hometown hero. I saw him crash out of the corner of my eye so I knew I just needed to make it to the bottom. I competed a back full of the top and a back X off the bottom because it's super fast on the bottom air. I came out and had fun today, that's what I try and do every time and let my skiing do what I know it can. I had the same mindset yesterday I just pushed it a little too hard. I've got the same mindset going into World Cup finals next week, and hopefully I'll be on the podium again there!
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