Lake Placid, NY (Jan 18) – The FIS Freestyle World Cup makes its first stop in the United States this week, returning to the 1980 Olympic slopes of Lake Placid for the USANA Freestyle Cup. Olympic Champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) looks to continue her moguls dominance as she seeks an 11th consecutive win. On the high flying aerials jumps, Emily Cook (Belmont, MA) will compete for her second straight podium using the new head-to-head scoring format. The event opens Thursday, Jan. 19 with moguls, followed by back-to-back aerials events on Friday and Saturday under the lights
MERIBEL, France (Dec. 20) - Olympic gold medalist and defending FIS Freestyle World Cup champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) secured her point lead today after a strong dual moguls win in Meribel – her ninth straight since last season - as three Americans stood atop the podium. Heather McPhie (Bozeman, MT) was third as was Sho Kashima (S. Lake Tahoe, CA) who rounded out the podium for the second event in a row. Michael Kingsbury of Canada took the win and maintains the men's World Cup point lead.
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.