RUKA, Finland (Dec. 9) - The FIS Freestyle World Cup is ready to go with the moguls opener set for Saturday. Defending World Cup and Olympic champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) is ready. U.S. Freestyle Ski Team Moguls Coach Garth Hager was pleased with the training over the past week and feels the team is ready and anxious for the opener.
All eyes will be on defending champion Hannah Kearney, who took a leave from Dartmouth College to get back into the starting gate for a full season.
Kearney will lead six U.S. women into Saturday's qualifying rounds.
Seven U.S. men will start.
QUOTES Moguls Coach Garth Hagar Friday’s training went very well, on the sometimes challenging course in Ruka, tomorrow is when it counts. Our biggest hurdles will come from Canada and Russia. Kearney, (Eliza) Outtrim, (Patrick) Deneen and (Jeremy) Cota are skiing excellent.
A Maine native, Jeremy Cota's laidback style may be what takes him all the way. Cota already had some impressive wins under his belt before coming onto the U.S. Ski Team in the 2010 season. The 2009 NorAm Champion, Jeremy has had some great experience with winning. He flawlessly carried that experience into his World Cup rookie season and then beyond.