• Vt. snowboarder wins 4th World Cup title
     | March 23,2013


    SIERRA NEVADA, Spain — Hannah Kearney of Vermont won her fourth World Cup ski moguls title Friday in the FIS Freestyle World Cup Finals, and the United States took the Nation’s Cup for the second year in a row.

    After three hours of delays because of fog and wind, officials canceled the race, letting qualification results stand as the final.

    Kearney, from Norwich, Vt., won the title by 91 points over Canada’s Justine Dufour-Lapoints. Kearney also is second in the overall standings.

    “This globe means a lot to me,” Kearney said about the season trophy. “It’s my fourth globe, but I’ve never fought as hard for anything as I did for this globe.”

    The Vermonter said she didn’t help herself by missing a few events leading up to the World Cup.

    She also said it was “strange” having weather shut down the event and letting qualifications determine the winner.

    “Seems like it wasn’t really an event, but there was so much on the line and this event was so important,” Kearney said. “This kind of (competition) is where being a veteran really pays off.”

    Heather McPhie of Bozeman, Mont., finished third overall in the mogul standings.

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