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Skiing - 13. February 2009.

Kearney Fourth, Keeps WC Lead

The U.S. Ski Team's Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) finished fourth to retain her lead in the World Cup standings by 15 points during a moguls competition Friday in Are. Margarita Marbler of Austria won the women's race.

"I'm left with sort of an odd feeling after today," Kearney said. "I guess I am pleased with my skiing but not satisfied with my results. Once you get the taste of victory, that's the only thing that's going to satisfy your competitive desire."

Kearney ended up in 12th following the first run and, with an all or nothing or nothing attitude, pushed her way to fourth.

"She barely made the finals.  She didn't ski very well in her qualifying run. She was probably a little bit lucky to get in, but she skied a good second run," Moguls Head Coach Scott Rawles said. "Coming out of the number 12 spot, to get back on the podium you've got to light it up. She skied a good run, but just came up a little short."

"Being in that situation leaves you with nothing to lose so I was able to just go for it my second run and I was the fastest girl in finals," Kearney added. "I'm really pleased with my skiing. It's hard to do well from the first skier and I ended up fourth."

Kearney was followed by Eliza Outtrim (Steamboat Springs, CO) and Shannon Bahrke (Tahoe City, CA) in fifth and sixth, and Emiko Torito (Denver) in eighth.

The moguls squad competes again Saturday in dual moguls and, according to Kearney, she wants to put it together to get back on the podium.

"My game plan for tomorrow is to ski like I did in finals today in all of my runs. I think that will help me a lot. I just need to be aggressive," Kearney said.

Are, Sweden - Feb. 13, 2009

1. Margarita Marbler, Austria, 24.89
2. Jennifer Heil, Canada, 24.74
3. Aiko Uemura, Japan, 24.66
4. Hannah Kearney, Norwich, VT, 24.50
5. Eliza Outtrim, Steamboat Springs, CO, 24.49
6. Shannon Bahrke, Tahoe City, CA, 23.95
8. Emiko Torito, Denver, 23.37
17. Shelly Robertson, Reno, NV, 20.76
20. Michelle Roark, Denver, 19.90
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