Kearney Brings Home Gold

02/15/10 6:34AM Vancouver, BC

AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

Hannah Kearney of Norwich has won the first U.S. gold medal of the Vancouver Olympics, taking the women's moguls Saturday night.

The 23-year-old slashed through the rain to score 26.63 points in the final, defeating Canadian Jenn Heil by the wide margin of .94 points.

Heil came in as the favorite, but Kearney's margin was mammoth in a sport often decided by tenths and hundredths of point.

Kearney's win came after a 22nd place finish at Turin four years ago, when she came in as a favorite but bobbled on her second turn in qualifying and didn't make the final.

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