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New England skier Hannah Kearney earns bronze medal

Posted by Dan Egan  February 8, 2014 03:38 PM

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Local skier Hannah Kearney was not able to repeat her gold medal performance in moguls as she fell to third place today, bested by a pair of Canadian sisters.

History was going to be made one way or the other and in the end it was Justine Dufore-Lapointe and her sister Chloe who stuck gold and silver.

Kearney’s bobble just after the top jump in her final run sealed her fate with a bronze medal. The New England native was ranked number one in the world and the favorite coming into the mogul event. It was one of the few times she has ever failed to deliver under pressure.

“I know everyone was gunning for me, that has been my motivation in training,” said Kearney.

Justine Dufore-Lapointe was joined in the final by her two sisters, Maxime and Chloe. It was the first time that three siblings had qualified for a moguls final. Both Justine and Chloe were nearly flawless and managed to string together three solid runs over the course. Justine, the youngest of the three, saved her best for the third final, earning a score of 22.44. Silver went to Chloe with a score of 21.66.

No skier has ever repeated gold in moguls and the best have tried, including Donna Wienbrecht and Johnny Moseley for the U.S. For Kearney, adding a Olympic bronze medal to in already impressive career will sting a little bit.

“This is not the result I had planned on," said a sobbing Kearney after the event. “I’ll have to treat this bronze medal as a reward for fighting but not for perfection.”

She will continue to ski and compete on the FIS World Cup for the remaining of this season and most likely next year, but this was her last Olympics. She has been the foundation of women’s mogul skiing for over 12 years and her contribution to the sport will linger long after the pain of this loss.

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