Kearney and Murphy Take Mogul National Titles
With the spring sun heating up, fans flocked to the Voodoo mogul run at Steamboat Resort to watch the best mogul skiers in the nation compete at the USANA U.S. Freestyle Championships.
Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) added a fourth mogul national title to her impressive career, while Troy Murphy (Bethel, ME) earned his first U.S. Champs win. Nessa Dziemian and Keaton McCargo rounded out the podium spots for the ladies, with Joe Discoe and Tom Rowley (Long Beach, NY) taking second and third for the men.
With the World Cup tour behind her and the mogul and freestyle globes sitting at her house in Vermont, one might think the pressure for Kearney was off. But she was striving for perfection, and today’s competition, the last of her career, was another opportunity for Kearney to analyze and improve her skiing.
“Today wasn’t the perfect run I wanted,” said Kearney. “Yesterday in qualifications, I had a big bobble in the middle section. Turns are worth the most, so I focused on clean skiing. That’s what I’m kind of known for. That’s exactly what I did today.”
Murphy, who is known for his high degree of difficulty on the jumps, threw down a huge double full on the top air and a cork 10 on the bottom. Rowley, who lead the pack after qualifications, also put down a run with impressive airs, but had a small bobble on the bottom jump, sliding him into the third spot.
“I’m really happy with the win,” said Murphy. “I like coming to this event because I get to see all my old buddies that I grew up skiing with. So do to well in front of all of them is awesome. To ski well against all my teammates, who are awesome, is an accomplishment, so I’m really happy.”
National team members pack the top 10 in both the men and women’s fields, but young skiers from around the country put down impressive runs on the soft bumps.
“I think there’s a lot of promise with the younger skiers,” said McCargo. “The girls are definitely stepping up their game, especially with jumping. They are really being aggressive.”