Picking up the first gold medal for the U.S., Hannah Kearney dominated the slushy moguls in Vancouver yesterday. She beat the thermal panties off Canadian skier Jenn Heil, with a score of 26.63.
Moments after Heil put up a score of 25.69 to catapult into first place, Kearney put together the run of a lifetime. The skier who admits she was once afraid of being upside down completed a backflip and a 360-degree turn before blazing across the finish line with the fastest time of the night.–Fan House
Kearney’s performance was a 180 from her 2006 Olympic showing in Turin, where she placed a disappointing 22nd while Heil beamed in 1st. However, that was on Italian soil. Canada has never won a gold on their own turf, and they had high hopes for Jenn.
Heil came in having won her last four World Cup events and was considered one of the nation’s best bets to finally reach the top of the podium in a home games. Prime Minister Stephen Harper showed up to cheer on Heil, hoping she could provide the golden moment the country had invested $110 million in as part of its “Own the Podium” program.–Fan House
As of this morning, Canada hasn’t earned a gold medal yet. With their “best bet” already down, maybe instead of “Own the Podium” they should focus on owning more realistic things. Like a maple farm. Or a bear that rides a unicycle and plays a trombone or something. I don’t care. Hannah Kearney is my hero. USA! USA! USA!