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Kearney Victorious At Olympic Course

Sochi, Russia — Norwich’s Hannah Kearney won a World Cup mogul race at the Sochi Olympics venue yesterday.

Kearney, the Olympic champion, scored 24.74 points under pouring rain at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park to lead Eliza Outtrim in an American 1-2. Aiko Uemura of Japan was third.

The warm, soft conditions were a challenge for athletes in maintaining consistent speed and landing jumps.

“Today really tested my skiing and to be able to pull off a win in all the different conditions we experienced makes me confident in my training and my ability,” Kearney said in a news release.

“This venue and course is something really special. So many people are a part of making this a success and I’m extremely excited that the Olympics are here in less than a year.”

Kearney leads with 445 points, her first lead of the season. Canada’s Justine Dufour-Lapointe is 17 back. American Heather McPhie is third with 375.

Mikael Kingsbury of Canada, the defending World Cup champion, scored 24.96 points for his fifth victory of the season. American Patrick Deneen and Philippe Marquis of Canada were next.

Kingsbury leads the standings with 605 points after seven of 12 events, 152 more than Alex Bilodeau of Canada and 184 in front of Deneen.

The World Cup continues today with halfpipe events.