Hannah Kearney takes bronze in women’s moguls


US Hannah Kearney competes in the Women’s Freestyle Skiing Moguls qualifications at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 6, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — While two Canadian sisters cruised to the top spots on the women’s moguls podium, American Hannah Kearney took home bronze, four years after winning Olympic gold in the event.

Canada’s Justine Dufour-Lapointe, just 19 years old, posted an impressive 22.44 score in the final round, winning gold and edging out her older sister, Chloe, 22, whose 21.66 mark earned her silver.

As the top finisher in the second round of these finals, Kearney had the benefit of watching her competitors and going last. The wait did not seem to bother her. She had a shaky start and lifted her left leg after one mogul. She recovered but couldn’t do enough to pass the Canadian sisters. Kearney’s mark of 21.49 was more than enough for bronze, capping an exciting night under the lights at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, not far from where earlier in the day snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg won the first U.S. medal of the Sochi Games, topping the field in men’s slopestyle.

As the second skier in the finals, Eliza Outtrim, a 28-year-old Connecticut native, posted a 19.37, and could only watch as the rest of the field passed her mark. She finished in sixth place in her first Olympic Games.

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Rick Maese is a sports features writer for The Washington Post.
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