Winter Games Athletes
The most decorated freestyle skier of all-time, Kearney heads to Sochi as not only one of the strongest American skiers, but one of the finest athletes on the entire U.S. Olympic team. She rebounded from a knee injury and concussion with a breakthrough performance in Vancouver, winning gold in moguls after a disappointing debut at the 2006 Turin Games in which she finished 22nd. The New Hampshire native has won the World Cup moguls title three years running and was World Cup overall freestyle champion in 2011 and '12. She has over 50 podium finishes in World Cup competitions, including 37 victories, and had already won two events on the World Cup circuit before her 18th birthday. Kearney also won moguls titles at the world championships in 2005 and '13, along with U.S. championship crowns in 2006, '10 and '11. Kearney’s most eye-opening accomplishment came when she broke Swedish Alpine great Ingemar Stenmark’s World Cup record for all disciplines with 16 consecutive moguls victories from 2011-12. Kearney has continued her dominance in World Cup competitions this season with three victories among her five podiums over six events. She is currently studying at Dartmouth College and is scheduled to graduate in 2015. She does not compete for the Big Green ski team, however, because the school does not participate in moguls events.