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The Gold Rush Begins

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The first American gold medal was awarded to a 24 year old Hannah Kearney from Vermont. Kearney made a brilliant performance before thousands of eager fans on a Saturday night in a wet and windy mogul run. Most of the fans were cheering Jen Heil, the hometown favorite who is also the current World Cup champion. Heil, who performed prior to Kearney, gave a very impressive performance placing her in the number one spot. The excitement lasted only for a few moments until Kearney beat her score with a 26.69. The host country put their hopes on Heil in winning the gold medal with their home court advantage for the first time. However, Kearney’s stellar performance killed those hopes. Though Kearney failed to make it to the 2006 Olympics, winning these games made her feel better.