Alexandre Bilodeau eyes the prize
at Cypress Mountain.
Bryon Wilson hoists ‘em high after winning the bronze moguls medal.
— or at least the half of her that is Canadian (her mother is from Montreal). With her signature pigtails flopping away, Kearney put down
a run that gave her the edge in speed, turns and airs. Soon, Kearney
and Bahrke were dancing with their star-spangled capes and gold and
bronze medals in the bag.
“This summer, I’d be driving my car home and I’d get this wonderful
feeling in the pit of my stomach like, ‘It’s gonna happen,’” said Kearney
after her win. “Go Team USA. I really want to be a part of an Olympic
montage, and I think I earned my right now.”
The result was especially meanignful for Bahrke who has announced
she will retire after this season. “This is the last hurrah,” Bahrke said.
“I’ll finish the World Cup season and we have Nationals, but this will be
my last season, and what a way to finish it.”
For American bumper Michelle Roark, her second Olympic experience got off to a rocky start when her husband (who is also her coach)
was detained by VANOC security when he attempted to make his way
through the Cypress Mountain woods to watch his wife train without a
credential. Roark, who fell in the final round after landing a huge 720,
was obviously shaken by the fiasco. “I’ve had a horrible experience from
the moment I got here,” she said. “Today was the only day that I actually
Men’s Moguls, Feb. 14
The sun would come out tomorrow — after three days of steady rain,
the Vancouver skies cleared and a fresh 8,000 fans showed up for round
two of moguls competition, though hopes weren’t quite as high for the