The best for last

At the 2006 Winter Olympics, Hannah Kearney watched the freestyle skiing finals from the sidelines after faltering in the qualifying rounds.<br>
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The 2010 Olympics would be a far different experience. Having the best qualifying score entering the final round of the freestyle women's moguls meant that Kearney, only 23 at the time, would ski last. She had a big task ahead of her: Canadian Jen Heil and U.S. teammate Shannon Bahrke had all but locked up first and second place.<br>
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But Hannah skied a clean run (with a gorgeous helicopter for her second jump), pushing both Heil and Bahrke to second and third place and winning America's first gold for the Vancouver Olympics.<br>
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<i>--Hanh Nguyen, <a href="http://www.zap2it.com/">Zap2it</a></i>
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At the 2006 Winter Olympics, Hannah Kearney watched the freestyle skiing finals from the sidelines after faltering in the qualifying rounds.

The 2010 Olympics would be a far different experience. Having the best qualifying score entering the final round of the freestyle women's moguls meant that Kearney, only 23 at the time, would ski last. She had a big task ahead of her: Canadian Jen Heil and U.S. teammate Shannon Bahrke had all but locked up first and second place.

But Hannah skied a clean run (with a gorgeous helicopter for her second jump), pushing both Heil and Bahrke to second and third place and winning America's first gold for the Vancouver Olympics.

--Hanh Nguyen, Zap2it

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