n Saturday, American Hannah Kearney won the Women s Gold in Moguls. She won America’s first 2010 Olympic Gold and defeated Canada’s own, Jenn Heil, for an amazing upset.
I am proud that a woman receives America’s first gold medal. Lost in the debate over female athletes and topics of gender norms and social expectations, is the fact that these women are superb, highly trained and highly skilled athletic specimens. It is a pleasure and absolute joy to watch these women compete.
Hannah Kearney, at 23 years of age, raced down the moguls in 27.86 seconds , the fastest time. Her two jumps were picture perfect and when she slid across the finish line, one could tell by the look on her face that she knew she had exercised the demons of 2006. She knew she was the winner.
She proved it Saturday, when she exorcised that nightmarish performance and spoiled the party for Heil with a dominating victory on slushy Cypress Mountain. Kearney turned her showdown with the defending Olympic champion into a blowout, posting a score of 26.63 to claim the first U.S. gold medal in Vancouver. She also postponed Canada’s long-awaited gold medal celebration for at least one more day.
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