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11:03 PM, Jan 30, 2013   |    comments
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DEER VALLEY, Utah - On the slopes of Deer Valley in Utah thousands of people are ready for World Cup ski competition nearly a year before the Winter Olympics in Russia. 

Matching up the best aerial and mogul athletes, champions like Hannah Kearney are ready to run.

"I'm building up to my best skiing, and I hope to show it here," Kearney said.

The 2010 Olympic gold medal mogul champion now wears the blue bib of a defending World Cup Champion after 16 straight World Cup wins last season.

The start of this season didn't go as planned. In October, the 26-year-old crashed on a training run cracking her ribs and causing internal injuries.

"It was on a training run in Switzerland, and I had to get airlifted off a glacier," Kearney said.

About three months later, Kearney isn't just back on the snow but back on top. She won the Freestyle Cup in Lake Placid two weeks ago and is now picking her line for Sochi Russia and the 2014 Olympics.

"More speed, better turns and big jumps," Kearney said.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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