Sunday, February 19, 2012
Hannah Kearney's streak ends at 16
NAEBA, Japan -- American star Hannah Kearney's all-discipline record for consecutive FIS World Cup victories ended at 16 on Sunday with a semifinal loss in a dual moguls event.
Canada's Audrey Robichaud beat Kearney in the semifinals, then topped Japan's Aiko Uemura in the final. Kearney finished fourth behind Japan's Miki Ito.
Kearney, from Norwich, Vt., broke downhill great Ingemar Stenmark's record of 14 -- set in the giant slalom in 1978-80 -- last week in China and won again Saturday in Naeba.
Kearney's streak began in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Jan. 22, 2011.
"I was really surprised and wasn't sure what happened," Robichaud said about her semifinal victory. "My coach just told me to push hard out of the gate."
American Patrick Deneen won the men's event, beating World Cup leader Mikael Kingsbury of Canada in the final. Canadian Philippe Marquis was third.