One More Year for Kearney
Freestyle skiing competitor Hannah Kearney smiles during an interview in Times Square during the U.S. Olympic Committee's Road to Sochi 100 Day Countdown event, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, in New York. The Road to Sochi Tour visits 13 cities throughout the U.S., introducing American athletes and Olympic sports to the public. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Norwich Olympian Hannah Kearney has at least one more season of competitive skiing in her system.
The Hanover High School graduate and Dartmouth College freshman announced on her Facebook page on Friday that she will return next winter to defend her dual FIS mogul skiing championships earned this past season. Kearney’s note came on the day that the U.S. Ski Team officially promoted assistant coach Garth Hager to the role of moguls head coach for the American freestyle program.
“Changes at USSA. Congrats to Garth Hager,” Kearney posted. “This is a good time to announce that I am competing for one more season. When I announce this again next spring, you can remind me of this post!”
Last February’s bronze-medal performance at Sochi, Russia wrapped up the former Marauder’s Olympic career.
The medal joined the gold she earned in 2010 at Vancouver. Kearney, however, left open the potential for at least one more FIS World Cup campaign.
The 28-year-old will return having swept the crystal globes in both the women’s moguls and women’s overall divisions last season.
Kearney has won the FIS moguls title the past four years and five of the last six, adding overall crowns in 2011 and 2012 to go with her most recent success.