Hannah Kearney won yet another World Cup moguls title Friday at the FIS Freestyle World Cup Finals in Sierra Nevada, Spain. Here she is with her globe and teammate Heather McPhie (right). (Garth Hager/U.S. Ski Team)
SIERRA NEVADA, Spain (March 22) - Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) won her fourth World Cup moguls title Friday at the FIS Freestyle World Cup Finals. After three hours of delays due to fog and wind, officials canceled the race, letting qualification results stand as the final. Kearney took the top spot and Heather McPhie (Bozeman, MT) rounded out her career best season with a third for the day and a third overall in the mogul standings. In the men's dual moguls race, Pat Deneen (Cle Elum, WA) finished second and found his way into the third spot in the World Cup mogul standings. The U.S. Team also took home the Nation's Cup for the second year in a row.
Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) took the World Cup moguls title today at the FIS Freestyle World Cup Finals in Sierra Nevada, Spain, her career fourth World Cup moguls title.
Kearney took the title by 91 points over Canada's Justine Dufour-Lapoint, who she had battled with all season.
Kearney is second in the overall standings.
Heather McPhie (Bozeman, MT) earned a third place finish Friday and solidified a third overall spot in the moguls standings.
McPhie had a career best season earning five podiums, three of them wins.
In the men's dual moguls race, Pat Deneen (Cle Elum, WA) finished second and found his way into the third spot in the World Cup mogul standings. He finished sixth overall.
Due to fog and wind, both the women’s and men’s duals race were a one run competition.
After three hours of delays, officials canceled the event and qualification results stood as the final results.
The U.S. also took home the Nation's Cup. The award given to the most successful team overall.
QUOTES Hannah Kearney This globe means a lot to me. It's my fourth globe but I've never fought as hard for anything as I did for this globe. Showing up in January after missing events, I didn't know if it would be possible and I didn't help myself when I missed finals in a few events. It was nerve-wracking all season passing that yellow bib back and fourth. I didn't have any extra padding coming into today and with the weather, it was just another variable to add to the nerves.
It was strange here today. It looked beautiful on the mountain. It was sunny and windy at the bottom but a warm refreshing breeze. We took our first lift up and just got stuck there. The lift wasn't open and the whole mountain was closed. Hours later we took cat rides up but since the mountain was closed there were no spectators or speakers. Seems like it wasn't really an event but there was so much on the line and this event was so important. This kind of comp is where being a veteran really pays off. You know every competition that something could happen and you could only get one run so you have to put it all out there every time. I was happy with my skiing and it was overall a really great day.
Pat Deneen Today was a really crazy day. We had wind delays and fog delays but the event was able to start and I was able to put down a strong enough run to land me a second place finish. My run wasn't exactly what I wanted. I got a little tangled when I was skiing down but I was able to pull it together. This is a great end to a strong season for me. I'm looking forward to Nationals next weekend and then into summer training.
Scott Rawles. Moguls Head Coach It was neck and neck all year with the Canadians which made it really exciting. Everyone was a part of this win. We had 32 podiums from 11 different athletes, that's incredible. Everyone stepped up when they needed and everyone did a great job of supporting each other throughout the whole season. To be awarded the Nation's Cup two years in a row is a huge honor and the whole team is extremely proud. We're looking forward to heading home for U.S. Champs and then a little bit of time off before Summer training kicks in. Sochi isn't that far away!
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