WEST VANCOUVER, BC CANADA – Freestyle Moguls skier Hannah Kearney wins the first USA gold at the 2010 Olympics by scoring 26.63 points and beating Canadian Jennifer Heil by 0.94 points.
Kearney used speed and perfect form through the turns to score points in the event, opting for lower-difficulty aerial tricks. Heil did a more difficult second jump, but ran a slower time.
Hannah was disappointed in her finish in the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy and worked really hard for her Gold Medal in Vancouver.
Kearney said this was her best gold medal win ever. “Unbelievably rewarding,” she said.
After a disappointing 22nd place in the 2006 Olympics, Kearney knew she had to prove herself in Vancouver. “It was redemption. I was so disappointed after my 2006 experience. I’ve had a good feeling about this all summer and I am so glad I could perform at the highest level.”, said Kearney.
Kearney was not intimidated by the near-flawless performance of Canadian Jenn Heil, who preceded her down the track. “It was motivating. I heard the roar of the crowd from the Canadians, cheering on Jenn. I heard her score, so I knew I was going to have to go for it.”, said Kearney.
Best race she’s ever run? “Certainly close to it,” she said. “And the best prize ever.”
Hannah won Olympic gold using GOODE Ski Poles. GOODE Ski Poles are made of Pure CARBON Fiber, making them up to six times stronger and lighter than traditional aluminum ski poles.
“I am very happy for Hannah!”, said Dave Goode, President/Founder of GOODE. “She has worked very hard for this win.”
GOODE is the first company to totally integrate Aerospace CARBON Fiber Composite technology into ski poles. GOODE produces more composite ski poles than all other ski pole companies combined.
GOODE Ski Technologies is located in Ogden, Utah.