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Vermonter Hannah Kearney keeps finding herself in the middle of success, the most distinguished of which was her nailing the coveted gold at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. As a youth, high school state soccer and track team championships were followed by four Junior World Championship titles in moguls. When the multi-sport talent hit the World Cup fulltime, she won two competitions in her rookie season - one when she was just 17. A year later Kearney was the 2005 moguls World Champion. Last season she secured her first freestyle overall title, a second moguls crown and her third and fourth World Championships medals. As if all that wasn't enough, she began her college career at Dartmouth in the spring of 2011.
The highlight of my season was winning the overall freestyle globe. Consistency was my goal for the year, and the globe was a reflection of my execution of that goal. Next year I would like to successfully compete a new trick. I would also like to ski better than I did last year. I began my college career at Dartmouth College the day after my ski season ended in March. I will be attending school again in the fall to balance the athletic and academic parts of my life and broaden my horizons. College is part of my plan to become a better competitor.
On skis at two, Kearney came up through the Ford Sayre program, and then moved to Nick Preston's Black and Blue Trail Smashers Team at Waterville Valley. She won the Eastern and Junior U.S. Championship moguls title in 2002 (and Eastern dual championship) plus the Junior World Championship moguls and duals gold medals, and repeated both titles at Junior Worlds in '03. "Hannah's always performed at the highest level, and it's continued with us. Look at her soccer - the quickness, the good balance, look at her moves and she can copy-cat that into what it takes to make a good mogul turn. There's a lot of cross-over," said former coach Don St. Pierre.
OFF THE SNOW:
Hannah enjoys hiking and biking as well as watching her brother's hockey games and dining with her friends and family. She is working on getting good at all of the things she will be doing for the rest of her life, such as cooking, baking, cleaning, organizing and mending.
Donna Weinbrecht has won almost everything in Freestyle. This former Killington local with the signature blonde ponytail won the Olympic gold medal in 1992 and was the 1st woman to ever win a medal in the moguls. It goes with her five World Cup titles; 46 World Cup victories; and the silver medal from her first World Championships (1989) the silver medal at the 1997 World Freestyle Championships on the '98 Olympic course in Nagano, Japan, where she placed 4th in her last Olympic competition.
Adam, Arno - official web site of the 1998 extreme
skiing world champion. Disciplines : Extreme skiing,
Freeride skiing Specialities : Steep faces, cliffs,
vertical drop, jumping of an helicopter, 360, back
flips and other tricks. -Yo Competition Highlights : #7 Snow
Legend, La Grave, France, 1998, #9 Red Bull Snow Thrill,
Chamonix, 1998, #3 Courchevel Freeride Classic, 1998, #1 World
Xtreme Skiing Championships, Valdez, Alaska, 1998,
Bowen, Philip - cross-country ski racer training for the 2002 Olympics. This site provides race results, and up to the minute information about his progress. Philip is a full-time amateur Cross-Country Ski Racer training for the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. This site is intended provides race results, and up to the minute information about his progress. As an aspiring Olympic athlete Philip is dependent on YOUR generosity and support to keep the dream alive!
Brassard, Jean-Luc - official site. Too bad there is
no English text option. But If you read French (or
like good looking French skiers) visit the site and
Daehlie, Bjorn - Olympic champion cross-country skier. In 1988 Bjorn was selected for the Norwegian Olympic skiing team. He didn't compete at these games, however, he was a reserve. These games were a learning experience for him. The next season Bjorn started to improve, with a 4th place finish in a World Cup race. Daehlie never look back and since then he has continued to improve his results
Five-time U.S. champion and ex-gymnast Emily Cook grew up in suburban Boston and never let go of a dream to compete in the Olympics. Sidelined by injury after making the 2002 Olympic Team, Cook missed two World Cup seasons while rehabilitating her badly injured feet, but returned in the summer of 2004, competed in the winter of 2005 (making the World Championships team) and reached her first Olympic Games in 2006 in Italy. She battled back again in 2010 to earn her second trip to the Olympics (11th place) after missing the last two World Cup qualifiers with a deeply bruised heel. With back-to-back national titles in 2010 and 2011 and her second career World Cup win snatched last season, Cook comes into her 14th season on the U.S. Ski Team experienced yet hungry.
I loved the 2011 season. With it being a post-Olympic season, I took a different approach to training and competition than I have in the past, emphasizing having fun and taking the opportunity to make some significant changes to my jumping technically. On some days, these changes made the season a challenge as it takes time for change to become routine. However, by the end of the season these changes became natural and I found myself landing more and more sweet jumps and being rewarded for the work. Making progress and initiating change is what makes sport so much fun, and the reward of being on the top of a World Cup podium again in Moscow made it even more exciting. That win in Moscow was certainly the highlight of the season. In every season, each event is very important, but especially in a season with no major events like Worlds or the Olympics. The focus this season will be consistency and continuing to make technical improvements and changes natural and routine. My goals for the season include consistently going into each event to win with the Grand Prix being a priority.
Cook, whose mother died when she was two, skied at four and moved into freestyle at 14 as a member of the heralded Carrabassett Valley Academy program in Maine. A gymnast and diver as a youngster, she was a combined skier to start, as were most new freestylers at that time; her first World Cup action came as an acro skier before she honed-in on aerials. By 17, she had made the U.S. Ski Team and moved to Park City fulltime to train. She was on two Junior World Championships teams and earned her first World Championships berth in 1999. That same year, Cook was the aerials bronze medalist at the Junior Worlds in Finland.
OFF THE SNOW:
Emily plans to spend a lot of time at the water ramps this summer continuing to work especially on her double full full, as well as time in the gym and a lot of time on her bicycle. She also plans to complete her classes at the University of Utah.
Moe, Tommy This is Tommy's "Official" web site. As you may
know, he is the 1st U.S. Alpine Skier to win two Medals in
same Olympics. He is the 1st American male to win the
Olympic Silver Medal in Super G. Tommy is one of 2 American
Alpine Skiers to win Olympic Downhill Gold. He is only the 13th
Male in the world to win an Olympic Gold Medal in Downhill. And he is he
official ambassador to Jackson Hole Wyoming..
Eriksen won the gold medal in the
Giant Slalom event at the
1952 Winter Olympics, which were held in Oslo, Norway. He
also won a silver medal in the slalom race. Eriksen was the
first skier from outside the Alps to win an Olympic men's
alpine gold medal. He also won three gold medals at the 1954 World
Championships in Åre, Sweden, and a bronze medal at the 1950 World
Championships in Aspen, Colorado.]
Giant Slalom event at the 1952 Winter Olympics, which were held in Oslo, Norway. He also won a silver medal in the slalom race. Eriksen was the first skier from outside the Alps to win an Olympic men's alpine gold medal. He also won three gold medals at the 1954 World Championships in Åre, Sweden, and a bronze medal at the 1950 World Championships in Aspen, Colorado.]
Some of his other accomplishments include the fact that he is credited with devising "aerials", a freestyle skiing event, and he helped revolutionize the world of alpine skiing, especially in America, where he has served as a ski instructor at many different ski schools. At Sugarbush, each Sunday afternoon, combining his gymnast background and his skiing, Stein would demonstrate a flip on skis. For his Olympic medals, Eriksen earned the Holmenkollen medal in 1952 (Shared with Torbjørn Falkanger, Heikki Hasu, and Nils Karlsson).
It is said that Eriksen was skiing's "first superstar", since he was handsome, stylish, and charismatic. Despite his fame, he maintained a very down-to-Earth personality. For example, he is quoted as saying, "Be tough, be confident. But you will never be a whole and happy person if you aren't humble".