Two-time Olympian Patrick Deneen is known for his sheer speed down the mountain. He is also known as a fierce competitor with dozens of World Cup podiums under his belt. (Getty Images/Mike Ehrmann)
Olympians Patrick Deneen and Eliza Outtrim (pictured, center) both put down solid runs to claim the men’s and women’s U.S. titles at Friday’s moguls competition, the opening event of the USANA U.S. Freestyle Championships at Deer Valley.
Olympic bronze medalist Hannah Kearney claimed her fourth-straight FIS Freestyle World Cup moguls title Friday with her gold-medal run under the lights at the World Cup Finals competition in La Plagne, France.
Olympic bronze medalist Hannah Kearny returned to the top of the World Cup standings Sunday with her win at the snowy Voss dual moguls World Cup, while Bradley Wilson was also able to land on the podium in third.
Hannah Kearney retook her spot at the top of the World Cup moguls standings Sunday with a win at the Inawashiro dual moguls competition.
Patrick Deneen skied into the medal finals, finishing sixth in the Olympic moguls competition Monday night in Rosa Khutor.
Nine athletes, including Olympic Champion Hannah Kearney, will be representing the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team in Sochi.
Deneen Seals Olympic Spot
Patrick Deneen skied to third place, his first FIS World Cup podium of the Olympic season, on a steep and icy Calgary moguls course Saturday, while World Cup Champion Hannah Kearney earned a second-place finish.
Hannah Kearney earned the second moguls gold of her career winning the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships in Voss. Patrick Deneen took bronze.
Freestyle World Champs Team Named
Hannah Kearney led a strong U.S. showing in the pre-Olympic moguls test event in Sochi.
The U.S. women led by Hannah Kearney swept moguls at the Visa Freestyle International at Deer Valley Resort.
VIDEO: Deneen 2nd in Lake Placid MO
Patrick Deneen finishes second behind Mikael Kingsbury in the USANA Lake Placid Freestyle Cup moguls at Whiteface Mountain.
Kearney Wins in Lake Placid
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Mogul skier Patrick Deneen got a break growing up in Washington. His father was part owner and general manager of a ski resort, so young Deneen was on skis before he was a year old. He started as an alpine racer, but kept watching freestyle skiers and eventually made the change to running bumps.
The last five seasons have seen Deneen go from 2008 FIS World Cup Rookie of the Year, to 2009 World Champion, to riding a win at the Olympic Trials all the way to the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver (where he finished 19th). Deneen captured his career first World Cup victory in 2011 and added two more podiums before taking his first U.S. title to close the season.
Three consecutive World Cup dual moguls victories at the end of the 2012 season earned Deneen a career-high second-place ranking in both the moguls and freestyle overall standings. He went on to earn eight World Cup podiums in 2013, wrapping up the season ranked third.
The 2014 season was all about the Olympics, and Deneen secured his spot with two moguls podiums at Calgary and Lake Placid. Deneen went on to take a career-best sixth at the Games and round out the World Cup season third in the overall moguls standings. Once back on home snow, Deneen notched another U.S. title at Deer Valley.
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