Olympic Champion Recovering from Training Crash

2012-10-05 10:36

ZERMATT, Switzerland (Oct. 5) – Olympic moguls champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) is recovering in a Swiss hospital after a training crash Friday (Oct. 5) in Zermatt. Kearney fractured two ribs and is remaining at a hospital in nearby Visp for observation of other minor internal injuries. Kearney and the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team moguls squad were in the middle of a pre-season on-snow camp on the glacier in Zermatt, home of the famed Matterhorn. It is expected that Kearney will be released in a few days. There was no immediate determination on her return to training.


  • Olympic moguls champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) suffered fractured ribs and other minor internal injuries as the result of a training crash in Zermatt, Switzerland.
  • Kearney will remain hospitalized in nearby Visp for a few days for observation.
  • Kearney reeled off a string of 16 straight FIS World Cup wins last year en route to a second straight season title. She opened the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver with an opening day gold while teammate Shannon Bahrke Happe took bronze.
  • There was no determination on Kearney’s return to training. The FIS World Cup season opener is still over two months away, Dec. 15 in Ruka, Finland.


Kyle Wilkens, USSA Medical Director

Hannah Kearney is stable and in good hands at the hospital in Visp where CT scans indicated two broken ribs. She’ll remain there over the weekend as a precaution for observation of any other internal injuries.

Todd Schirman, USSA Freestyle Director
Our coaches in Zermatt report that Hannah is doing well. Knowing her, I doubt this will slow her down for too long. Our objective right now is to ensure she has proper medical attention and to make her as comfortable as possible. Fortunately we still have over two months to the start of the season.



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