Tahoe City girl second in junior worlds
February 18, 2003
CORNER BROOK, Newfoundland — High school junior Hannah Kearney of Norwich, Vt., made it a double-gold World Junior Championships for the second straight season Sunday, defeating Alpine Meadows’ Jessica Davis in the finals of dual moguls at Marble Mountain.
Davis of Tahoe City crashed coming off her second jump and didn’t finish the run as Kearney made it four gold medals in four World Juniors contests over two years.
“We both had poor runs in the final, but I was lucky today,” Kearney said. “I’m not sure whether I’ll come back to World Juniors next year. I’d like to get on the national senior team permanently.”
She skied in three World Cup contests this season, warming up for the WJCs with her first World Cup top-10, finishing eighth a week earlier at the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Grand National in Steamboat Springs, Colo.
On Friday, Kearney led a 1-2-3 U.S. medals sweep in women’s moguls. Defeating Davis made it five of six women’s moguls medals for U.S. skiers. Lauren Crawford of Steamboat Springs, Colo., was sixth and Alexandra Teng of Squaw Valley camein seventh.
In the men’s event, Canadian Tom Mazur gave the spectators something to cheer for as he knocked off Japan’s Takumi Ooatani for the gold medal. The top American was Nick Hanscom of Ketchum, Idaho, finished in sixth place.
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2003 FIS FREESTYLE WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Corner Brooks, NFLD D Feb. 16
1. Tom Mazur, Canad
2. Takumi Ootani, Japan
3. Ruslan Sharifullin, Russia
6. Nick Hanscom, Ketchum, ID
33T. Sho Kashima, Stateline, NV/Heavenly SEF
1. Hannah Kearney, Norwich, VT/Waterville Valley Black&Blue Trail Smashers
2. Jessica Davis, Tahoe City, CA/Alpine Meadows Ski Team
3. Nadezhda, Vaganova, Russia
6. Lauren Crawford, Steamboat Springs, CO/Steamboat Springs WSC
7. Alexandra Teng, Kensington, CA/Squaw Valley Ski Team
1. Dzianis Oaipen, Belarus, 189.03
2. Sun Peng, China, 185.48
3. Tsimafei, Slivets, Belarus, 184.06
14. Brandon Reise, Norris, TN, 125.51
15. Dan McQuillian, Mattapoisett, MA/Waterville Valley B&BTS, 121.65
16. Austin Cummings, Heber City, UT, 117.48
1. Anna Zukal, Russia, 162.65
2. Daishuangfei, China, 158.61
3. Ana Belitch, Russia, 150.68
8. Christina Craddock, West Newton, MA/Waterville Valley B&BTS, 123.57
9. Sharlee Strebel, Layton, UT, 118.12
Monday, February 17, 2003
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