Mogul skiing competitor, Hannah Kearney, placed second in the Canada Olympic Park World Cup in Calgary, the second of six World Cups preceding the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in February. At the first World Cup, held in Ruka, Finland in December, Hannah proved made a great start. She took first place over fellow competitor, Justine Dufour-Lapointe, who beat her in the Calgary competition.
Hannah took second place in Calgary with excellent sportsmanship, but also sees it as motivation to improve her skills. "This was a great reminder that I can be beat, and by someone younger than me," Hannah said. "I've won on this course before, so even though I earned a podium, it's not what I was hoping for. It's motivation, and at the same time it's a great feeling knowing that I'm in this position for the Olympics." As Hannah took the gold in the 2010 Winter Olympics, mogul enthusiasts expect her to do as well this season, and in the Olympics, as she hopes to.
Now, Hannah will head to Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah for two more World Cup competitions before going to Lake Placid, New York and Val St. Come in Saint Côme, Quebec for the last two competitions of January. The final seven World Cup competitions won't take place until March, after the Winter Olympics.
Hannah will also be starting the final term of her Freshman year at Dartmouth in March. In an interview with Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, Hannah revealed that she'll only ski for one more year. She plans to retire from skiing to be a fulltime student with two gold medals. If Hannah continues the performance she's shown in the World Cup season in the Olympics, then she certainly has a shot at that second gold medal.