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Defending ski moguls champ Hannah Kearney eyeing gold in Sochi

5:54 PM, Feb 5, 2014   |    comments
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KUSA - Mogul skiing can be brutal on an athlete's joints. You wouldn't think a champion could stick around long in the sport, but U.S. Ski Team racer Hannah Kearney of Vermont isn't like most.

"I literally have never been stronger which is always a confidence booster," Kearney said.

She's now in her 12th year of the knee-pummeling racing on the U.S. Ski Team and Kearney is at the top of her game. In 2012, she had 16 consecutive wins which is a FIS World Cup record.

She's been to the Olympics twice before in 2006 and 2010. She took gold in the ski moguls event in 2010.

Next up is Sochi, Russia and she's hoping to defend that gold medal and show the world, that even after more than a decade of rough moguls, the 27-year-old is still as strong and fast as ever.

"I am there to soak up as much as I can and put on the best show of my life. I am really excited for that opportunity," Kearney said.

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