Kearney Settles for 3rd
Voss, Norway — Olympic champion Hannah Kearney came up short in her bid for a second gold medal at the Freestyle Skiing World Championships yesterday, earning a bronze in dual moguls.
Canadians Alex Bilodeau and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe swept to golds in their respective competitions. Dufour-Lapointe won the women’s event, topping Miki Ito of Japan, 18-17.
Kearney, who won her second career World Championships gold medal in individual moguls on Wednesday, reached the semifinals before losing to Ito. The Norwich, Vt., native broke a pole in the showdown, then lost a ski and fell prior to the final jump. Kearney bounced back to defeat American teammate Heather McPhie, 24-11, for the bronze.
“I’m a bit disappointed, but this is part of the sport,” Kearney said in a news release. “I broke a pole and lost a ski in one of my duals, but the other heats I skied quite well. But I’ve never thrown the mute grab in competition, so there are things to be happy about today. I was one of the faster skiers today, so I’m just going to build on that and hope my poles and skis stay where they’re supposed to for the rest of the season.”
Bilodeau won his third straight world dual moguls title by edging teammate Mikael Kingsbury, 18-17. Kingsbury beat Olympic champion Bilodeau in the moguls final on Wednesday.
Kearney’s defense of her World Cup moguls and overall championships continues today in Are, Sweden. With three events remaining on the moguls calendar, Kearney holds a 513-510 lead on Canada’s Justine Dufour-Lapointe — Chloe’s younger sister — and a 96-point lead on third-place McPhie. Kearney and Dufour-Lapointe are 3-4 in the overall standings, trailing Chinese aerialist Xu Mengtao and Swiss skicross competitor Fanny Smith.