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Olympian Hannah Kearney: Moguls bronze 'feels at lot like a broken heart'

Hannah Kearney finished third in women's moguls at the 2014 Winter Games.
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Just hours after losing the 2014 Olympic women's moguls title to Canadian talent Justine Dufour-Lapointe, 2010 Vancouver gold medalist Hannah Kearney of the United States took to Twitter Feb. 8 to formally tweet her feelings about the competition's outcome.

Kearney, 27, who entered the Sochi Games heavily favored to defend her title, tweeted a simple but poignant message to followers that read "Bronze feels at lot like a broken heart."

Kearney's heartbreak lies in a split-second fluffed landing of her first jump. She sobbed while talking to reporters following the event, clearly devastated that four years of hard work aimed at becoming the first freeskiier to earn two Olympic gold medals hadn't come to fruition.

Her negative response to the bronze medal drew criticism from at least one fan, who tweeted that she should appreciate the solid runs by Dufour-Lapointe and her sister Chloe, who claimed silver. Clearly not interested in being branded a poor loser, Kearney responded quickly with "Please consider this my acknowledgement. Their runs were far better than my own."

Fortunately, Kearney seemed to gain perspective as the day wore on as a few hours after her initial post, she tweeted "In better news, I contributed to the #TeamUSA medal count, I am healthy, and I believe that everything happens for a reason."

The admission is a crucial one given that two of her fellow U.S. freeskiers went down with injury before they had a chance to compete in Sochi. Heidi Kloser, who was scheduled to compete in the moguls event alongside Kearney, sustained a broken leg and a torn ACL during a Feb. 6 training run, while slopestyle skiier Maggie Voisin withdrew after suffering an ankle injury on Feb. 7.

Freeskiing at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi continues Feb. 10 with men's moguls qualifications.