Posted February 09, 2014

Hannah Kearney expresses disappointment with Olympic bronze medal

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Mogul skier Hannah Kearney expressed disappointment in ending her Olympic run with a bronze medal. (Javier Soriano/Getty Images)

Mogul skier Hannah Kearney (right) expressed disappointment in ending her Olympic run with a bronze medal. (Javier Soriano/Getty Images)

American mogul skier Hannah Kearney won the bronze medal in Sochi, failing to defend her title as Olympic moguls champion. She won the gold medal in Vancouver in 2010 and was hoping to repeat the accomplishment this year.

Kearney entered the final round with the best qualifying score, allowing her to be the last skier in the final round. However, she faltered slightly after the first jump and ultimately finished third behind Canadian sisters Chloé Dufour-Lapointe and Justine Dufour-Lapointe, who finished second and first, respectively.

The 27-year-old skier was the overwhelming favorite to win the event. Kearney took to Facebook to express her disappointment:

Sochi Bronze. I regretfully report that I did not ski my best today and that it just so happened to be a very important event. After a gold medal four years ago, and an immense amount of training since, a bronze medal is not what I was dreaming of. I am disappointed in my performance, yet grateful that I got to represent my country at the Olympics for a third time and contribute to this year’s Team USA medal count. I know this experience will make me a better, stronger person. Congrats to theLes Soeurs Dufour-Lapointe and thank you to my friends and family for the support.

Although Kearney is not retiring yet, she has said that she will not compete in the 2018 Olympics, ending her Olympic career with a bronze medal.


7 comments
x72
x72

Live & learn Hannah

Shooter McGavin 19711
Shooter McGavin 19711

Another athlete who is so competitive, they have forgotten how to lose with class and dignity.  How sad for her and her family.  The true measure of a person is not how they react when times are good - but rather how they deal with adversity.  Instead of being magnanimous and praising her competitors (who both EARNED their medals, no matter what Kearney says about giving away the gold) she whines and comes across as a spoiled little child.  When my daughter (who is 2) acts like that - she gets a time out.  Sad that Kearney's parents didn't raise her with the same rules.  Perhaps she would have grown up to be gracious and kind.

Marchoir
Marchoir

Is this Serena Kearney? "...today I beat myself". Wow. How refreshing. No, you didn't beat yourself. You were beaten by the two other competitors who were standing next to you on the podium. And what about the fourth place finisher? Did Kearney beat her, or did she beat herself too. American athletes used to stand for something more, and even when they lost, they still stood tall and gracious in defeat. They showed sportsmanship. Not anymore. Today's style is in your face, urban swagger. "My opponent didn't beat me. Nobody can beat me. I can only beat myself. I'm the greatest. Look at me. My opponent was lucky today. I was sick. I wasn't 100%. I competed with a broken back and a collapsed lung." Funny thing is, whenever these people win, it's always assumed that the opponent was in top from, playing at 100%, and was simply dominated and overwhelmed by their greatness.

JerryE1203
JerryE1203

That's a pity she didn't achieve her goals. If she doesn't want the bronze medal she can give it to me haha. I wonder if she will speak out on the LGBT issue now that she's done competing at this Olympics?

norbheindl
norbheindl

@Shooter McGavin 19711  


Seriously -- you call that whining?  She didn't blame the course, she didn't blame the judges, she didn't blame the competitors.  She took full ownership that it was her mistakes that caused her to not reach her dreams or her goals.  She did make a mistake that cost her the gold, there is no denying that?  What the heck is wrong with that?    She congratulated the Canadians.  Seriously what here you expecting that she go bow at their feet, give them a great big hug, or what?



norbheindl
norbheindl

@Marchoir  


Actually yes she did beat herself -- it was the direct result of a mistake she made that was the reason she didn't get a gold.  It is a known fact that she had more difficult jumps so if she does everything correct there is no way that she doesn't get gold. If the canadians had more difficult

runs then yes you could says she got beat by the canadians, but they didn't.   American athletes still do stand for something -- she had a goal, she had a dream and she didn't reach it -- she congratulated the canadians -- what did you want her to do fall at their feet, give a big hug?  Do the canadian skiers really need a hug to feel good about what they accomplished? I dont think so.