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NO. R-179.  House concurrent resolution congratulating Hannah Kearney on winning the 2005 women’s moguls world championship in Ruka, Finland.


Offered by:  Representatives Seibert of Norwich and Masland of Thetford.

Whereas, 19-year-old Hannah Kearney of Norwich, a Hanover High School graduate, began skiing at an early age and, while attending grade school, participated in the local Ford Sayre Ski Program, and

Whereas, her introduction to international ski racing occurred when she was a 10th grader and journeyed to Iso-Sytoe, Finland, capturing both the moguls and duals gold medals at the World Junior Championship, and

Whereas, in December 2003, Hannah qualified for the U.S. mogul team and traveled to training camps in Chile and Colorado, and her coach was Elizabeth McIntyre, another Hanover High School graduate who captured the silver medal in mogul skiing at the 1994 Olympic Games at Lillehammer, Norway, and

Whereas, in December 2003, with her high school books in tow, Hannah returned to Finland, this time heading to Ruka, located in the country’s far north on the Arctic Circle’s edge, to commence her first full season as a World Cup circuit skier, and

Whereas, during her first full season, Hannah won two mogul events, sparking much interest in this talented young Vermont skier, and

Whereas, in March 2005, she returned to Ruka, Finland to compete in the world mogul championship, and

Whereas, battling arctic temperatures and the best women mogul skiers in the world, Hannah Kearney’s title clinching run included a back flip combined with an iron cross (pulling her skis up under her arms), and a heli-X, with a full 360-degree rotation, and

Whereas, these dazzling jumps, combined with a fast traverse of the course, resulted in her winning the 2005 women’s world mogul championship, and

Whereas, Hannah Kearney and Ann Battelle, a Middlebury College graduate who grew up in Williston, are the only two Americans to have ever captured the women’s mogul crown, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Hannah Kearney on winning the 2005 women’s moguls world championship in Ruka, Finland, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Hannah Kearney in Norwich.


Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont