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February 14, 2010 at 12:06 PM

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Hannah Kearney achieves sweet victory, craves Ben and Jerry's honor for sweet tooth

Posted by Jerry Brewer

The first United States gold medalist at these Winter Olympics knows just how she'd like to be recognized for her triumph.

By getting her own Ben and Jerry's ice cream flavor.

Hannah Kearney is from Vermont, as is Ben and Jerry's. Four years ago, when fellow Vermont native Hannah Teter won gold in the halfpipe (what's up with Hannahs from Vermont achieving Olympic glory?), the ice cream company honored her with the "Maple Blondie."

Time to satisfy Kearney's sweet tooth.

"Yeah, I've got some great ideas," she said during a press conference Sunday morning to reflect on her gold medal-winning performance in the women's moguls Saturday night. "Coffee ice cream with Oreos. I'll do the taste testing."

Kearney beat the Canadian favorite, Jennifer Heil, to win the gold. Heil was considered Canada's best shot at winning a gold medal, something the country desperately wants to do after going gold-less at the two previous Olympics it has hosted (the Montreal Summer Games in 1976 and the Calgary Winter Games in 1988).

I watched the women's moguls at the Cactus Club Cafe, a restaurant/bar, and the bartender promised everyone shots if Heil took the gold. She turned in a terrific performance -- until Kearney's near-flawless effort at the end.

The Canadians at Cactus Club Cafe sighed. Heil was fantastic, but Canada still has yet to win gold on its home soil.

"I couldn't imagine the pressure on her," Kearney said. "You could almost feel it. I heard the Prime Minister was in the audience.

"She won the silver medal. She didn't lose the gold."

No, Kearney took the gold at the end of the night, in the most dramatic fashion possible.

And now, she deserves some respect. You know what they say: To the victor go the Ben and Jerry's.

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