Olympic moguls champ Kearney's next goal: college

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2011 file photo, Hannah Kearney of the United States, competes in the women's moguls during World Cup freestyle skiing in Wilmington, N.Y. After the Olympic moguls gold medalist competes at the U.S. Freestyle Championships this week in her native Vermont, she'll enroll at Dartmouth as a 25-year-old member of the class of 2015. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2011 file photo, Hannah Kearney of the United States, competes in the women's moguls during World Cup freestyle skiing in Wilmington, N.Y. After the Olympic moguls gold medalist competes at the U.S. Freestyle Championships this week in her native Vermont, she'll enroll at Dartmouth as a 25-year-old member of the class of 2015. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File) (Mike Groll - AP)
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By RACHEL COHEN
The Associated Press
Tuesday, March 22, 2011; 3:23 PM

-- Hannah Kearney's next round of goal-setting will involve "Animals and Women in Western Literature" and "Crusades and Culture."

After the Olympic moguls gold medalist competes at the U.S. Freestyle Championships this week in her native Vermont, she'll enroll at Dartmouth as a 25-year-old member of the class of 2015.

She has no idea what she'll major in, or how she'll like college, or when she'll graduate. Kearney plans to take classes in the spring and fall terms this year, but after that, she'll probably only attend school in the spring as she prepares for the 2014 Games.

"There's a chance I'll be allergic to school," Kearney said on a conference call Tuesday. "There's a chance I will love it."

Kearney has certainly proved to herself she can set lofty goals and achieve them. After winning the first World Cup competition this season, she thought, "Well, that means I can win every single other event."

She came close. Kearney posted nine World Cup victories to clinch the overall and moguls titles.

Kearney even defeated rival Jennifer Heil in the Canadian's final competition before retirement.

There was nothing to be sentimental about - the two always pushed each other to be the best. Had Heil won, Kearney said, "I would have somehow felt I let her go out on top."

"This was my season to be dominant," Kearney said.

That dominance hasn't dulled her drive, even as she opens a new chapter as a college student. Kearney has no doubt skiing will still be her focus the next few years.

For now, though, Kearney starts school Monday in Hanover, N.H., where she was born and went to high school. Kearney grew up across the state line in Norwich, Vt., and has actually never been to Stratton Mountain, site of the U.S. championships, which is about 75 miles away.

She's taking three classes, in economics, English and history.

"There's no such thing as a shortage of goals," Kearney said. "You just have to come up with new ones."


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