STRATTON MOUNTAIN, VT -- World Cup champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) continued her world champion dominance earning her third U.S. moguls title at the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships Friday at Stratton Mountain.
"It's really satisfying. I've put pressure on myself today because coming into to U.S. Championships with a World Cup title makes me feel like I am obligated to win," explained the Vermont-native Kearney kept the pressure up on the field but showed that she still has what it takes to beat out the competition. Kearny ended that season as she started it, standing atop the podium. "But that doesn't make it easier. It's still a really competitive field." Said Kearny
Kearny nailed a combination of a gigantic back flip off the top jump, proceeded to execute beautiful mute grab 360 on the lower jump. Those jumps coupled with a blazing fast time, earned Kearny the top spot.
A truly great athlete and competitor Kearney has been on top for the three major freestyle events this year. She won the Freestyle World Cup overall and moguls titles, and she is now also the U.S. champion. Most competitors don't accomplish one of these awards in a lifetime, but Kearney has been on top throughout a near perfect season.
"We are the U.S. Ski Team. We battle it out all season long and here is where the title is given out," said Kearney of competing for the U.S. Championship title. "Aside from Sunday's dual moguls, this is my last event of the year. This is the icing on the cake or the chocolate drizzle. It's just a really nice way to end, especially here in Vermont."
During the awards ceremony, the North American Snowsports Journalists Association presented Kearney with the Paul Robbins Outstanding Competitor Award that is presented annually by NASJA to a top competitive skier or snowboarder. Kearney was selected for her record season winning nine freestyle moguls World Cups and the season-long title.
Race results courtesy of U.S. Ski Team