Kearney Wins Gold, Ohno Scores Silver - Olympic Weekend HighlightsPosted on Feb 15th 2010 1:30PM by Martha Edwards
Filed Under: Fitness
They certainly saved the best for last at the Ladies' Moguls Final of the Freestyle Skiing events on Saturday -- Hannah Kearney of Vermont, the final competitor, took home the gold, beating out favorite and previous gold medal winner Jennifer Heil, who hails from Canada. Tight turns, a flip off the first jump and the quickest time of the competition all lead to her winning score of 26.63, Kearney was joined on the podium by bronze winner Shannon Bahrke from Nevada.
The gold medal was made even more sweet by Kearney's recent struggles. In the 2006 Olympic games in Torino, she bombed the qualification run and came in 22nd place, and she's suffered several injuries since then, including a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
"To be that person that you saw on TV growing up is sort of a dream fulfilled," Kearney said in a recent interview with NBC Sports. "It think having what would you call a perfect mogul run has to be the most satisfying feeling in the entire world, also because the perfect mogul run doesn't exist. You're always striving for something better," she added, and now, with the world watching, she seems to have achieved just that.
Fellow skier Bryon Wilson also did his country proud when he managed to score a bronze medal in the Men's Freestyle Skiing Mogul event on Sunday after a quick run down the hill. But the big story of the weekend was the Canadian skier who beat him to take home the gold. Alexandre Bilodeau made history by winning the first gold medal for Canada at an Olympic competition held in their own country. Vancouver is the third Canadian city to host the Olympics.
Kearney and Wilson aren't the only ones with a shiny new medal to show off -- Speedskater Apolo Ohno took home silver in 1,500-meter competition on Saturday. Ohno spent much of the race in fourth place behind three Korean competitors, but snatched the second spot after two of the Koreans crashed into one another and slid into the wall. In the end, Korea's Lee Jung-Su took home the gold, and USA's J.R. Celski scored the bronze.
The medal is particularly significant for Ohno, since it now means that he's tied with American Speedskating champion Bonnie Blair for the most medals in the sport. Blair and Ohno both have six. And not to be overshadowed is Celski, who overcame a recent horrific injury to participate in the games and amazed everyone by managing to take home a medal.
Check out ParentDish's interview with U.S. curler Allison Pottinger.