Olympic gold medalist Hannah Kearney is returning to her freestyle skiing roots here. This time, instead of being a 10-year-old athlete, she will be a member of the board of trustees of the ski club that gave her a start.
By PAULA TRACY
New Hampshire Union Leader
WATERVILLE VALLEY — Olympic gold medalist Hannah Kearney is returning to her freestyle skiing roots.
This time, instead of being a 10-year-old athlete, she will be a member of the board of trustees at the ski club that gave her a start.
Kearney will be a guest of the freestyle program during Christmas vacation week, while still training for the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia.
An Upper Valley resident who is now attending Dartmouth College, Kearney said she owes her start to the Waterville Valley BBTS Snowsports Educational Foundation.
BBTS, which stands for the Black and Blue Trail Smashers, is one of the oldest ski clubs in the nation, founded in 1934.
Today it has more than 350 athletes training in alpine, freestyle and snowboard competitive disciplines.
“It is very exciting to have one of our most distinguished alumni as a member of our board of trustees. An Olympic gold medalist, Hannah holds the record for the longest FIS World Cup winning streak in all of snow sports, said Board Chairman Robert Mann. “Hannah’s guidance and insight will be invaluable to BBTS as our snow sports continue to evolve in new directions.”
Waterville Valley Academy is a five-month residential snow sports academy operated by WVBBTS that was founded in 1972.
“This is an opportunity to give back to the BBTS Club that is the foundation of my career,” Kearney said. “Meanwhile, I will be learning about the other side of the ski world, from the perspective of an athlete adviser, in preparation for my ultimate retirement.”