TELLURIDE - Norwood snowboarder Harry Kearney soared back to the top of the finish line at the Mt. Baker Legendary Banked Slalom this year, with a first place finish in the Pro Men category at 1:43:35.
It marks the second time Kearney has snagged top honors at Mt. Baker, which he first won in 2011 at the record-breaking age of 17.
Kearney placed in Mt. Baker’s top ten in 2012 and 2013, taking seventh place both years.
This year, Kearney rocketed back to the top.
“Firing out of the gate focused, riders were ready for what, during the 29th edition of the race, was a much longer course than in years past,” Snowboarder Magazine’s Aaron Blatt wrote of the race. “Winding down from the top of Baker’s Chair 8, the assortment of rights and lefts kept riders on their toes (and heels, I suppose) as they powered through the turns. After cruising through the finish line, top contenders had put in nearly two minutes of time muscling through the course.
“At day’s end, Harry Kearney and Marie-France Roy were crowned champions, receiving the famed golden rolls of duct tape as their prize.”
“Well, I hope I like the new tattoo I'm gonna get, because I lost a serious bet. But more importantly if I'm gonna get beat by my little brother, I would hope he wins, and he did, he won the #legendarybakerbankedslalom for the second time and I couldn't be happier to see it,” Kearney’s older brother, U.S. Snowboard Team member Hagen, posted on Facebook after Harry’s win. Hagen has an SBX World Cup Team win and several top-ten World Cup finishes under his own belt, and competed at Mt. Baker this year, as well, finishing 38th in the Pro Men's Division.
“These were by was the most difficult course conditions in the 29 year history of this event,” said the boys’ father, Dick Kearney. “The field was star-studded, with lots of the best snowboarders in the world – Seth Wescott finished 3rd, and Terje Hakkenson was 10th.
Harry was amazing, winning the qualifying on Day 1 with the fastest time. In the finals, each rider gets two runs. After the first round, Harry was in 2nd place, but he laid down a great run in his final attempt. He has really made a name for himself in the Northwest.”