Eastern skiers get one last chance to see an Eastern skiing legend in competition this weekend when the Freestyle World Cup makes a stop in Lake Placid.
Mogulist Hannah Kearney of Norwich, Vt., owner of a record eight World Championship medals and an Olympic gold, recently announced that she’ll retire from competitive skiing at the end of the season.
The tour arrives in Lake Placid fresh off last week’s biennial World Championships, held in Kreischberg, Austria, where Kearney snagged the dual moguls gold but was edged out in singles by up-and-comer Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Canada.
Canadian fans are also likely to be out in force for this weekend’s events. Dufour-Lapointe is a native of nearby Montreal and the youngest of three sisters—Justine, Chloe, and Maxine—currently competing on the World Cup. Heading into this week, Kearney finds herself in second place in the moguls rankings, bracketed by Justine Dufour-Lapointe in first and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe in third. Sister Maxime currently sits in fifth place.
On the men’s side, it’s a New York State homecoming for Dylan Walczyk. The Rochester product is ranked 11th on the tour. He was second in dual moguls at the recent tour stop in Park City, Utah—his second podium in three years on the tour. He and teammate Patrick Deneen, who is currently ranked 7th, will be trying to take down the two Canadians who top the rankings, Mikael Kingsbury and Phillippe Marquis.
In the always-spectacular aerials competition, the Chinese continue to dominate the tour, but two Americans—Mac Bohonnon and Kiley McKinnon—are holding their own. Both sit second in the standings, McKinnon within just two points of leader Xu Mengtao.
The moguls events at Whiteface are scheulded for Thursday. The aerials events at the Olympic Jumping Complex take place on Friday (individual) and Saturday (team).