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Kearney recovering in Swiss hospital after training crash

Olympic moguls champion Hannah Kearney is recovering in a Swiss hospital after a training crash Friday in Zermatt.

Kearney fractured two ribs and will remain at a hospital in nearby Visp for observation of other minor internal injuries.

“Hannah Kearney is stable and in good hands at the hospital in Visp where CT scans indicated two broken ribs,” said USSA Medical Director Kyle Wilkens. “She’ll remain there over the weekend as a precaution for observation of any other internal injuries.”

Kearney and the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team moguls squad were in the middle of a pre-season on-snow camp on the glacier in Zermatt, home of the famed Matterhorn. It is expected that Kearney will be released in a few days. There was no immediate determination on her return to training.

“Our coaches in Zermatt report that Hannah is doing well,” said USSA Freestyle Director Todd Schirman. “Knowing her, I doubt this will slow her down for too long. Our objective right now is to ensure she has proper medical attention and to make her as comfortable as possible. Fortunately we still have over two months to the start of the season.”

The FIS World Cup season opener is still over two months away, Dec. 15 in Ruka, Finland.

Photo: GEPA
Cover Photo: USSA/Kirk Paulsen

Geoff Mintz

Associate Editor

Geoff Mintz is a former alpine ski racer who cut his teeth at Ragged Mountain and Waterville Valley, N.H. After graduating from Holderness and UVM, he relocated to Colorado, where he worked as an instructor at Beaver Creek prior to pursuing a career in journalism.

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