Maybe Canada really is cursed with this whole home Olympics thing.
Saturday was supposed to be about two chances to redeem the host nation's gold-less performances from the 1976 Montreal Games and 1988 Calgary Games.
Kearney, it should be noted, has overcome no small amount of calamity in the past four years. First, there was her shaky Olympic debut as a 19-year-old in Torino. Then, she had essentially two seasons short-circuited by a torn ACL and lingering effects of a concussion. If that wasn't enough, all the Vermont native had to do on Saturday was take the lead from home favorite Jennifer Heil in front of a delirious Canadian crowd on the final run of the night.
Needless to say, the post-event look on the face of Heil - the world's dominant moguls skier who has finished first or second at 26 of her last 34 World Cup starts - was not one of delight.
Meanwhile, Shannon Bahrke's bronze (in addition to silver in Salt Lake City) makes her the first American to win two Olympic freestyle skiing medals. Bronze medalists at the Olympics can often end up an afterthought, but Bahrke is the sort of energetic personality who walks into a room and causes the overhead lights to seemingly amplify about 30 watts.
In related news, she runs a coffee company.
Here are 5 other things you may not have known about the charismatic third-place finisher:
1) She fancies herself to be a world-class dancing talent who should probably be hired by Britney Spears (see video above);
2) Beyond moguls, her next sport of choice would be beach volleyball, because "then that would mean I'd be a foot taller, that I'd be super hot, and I'd get to wear a bikini all day long";
3) She's a hyper-competitive individual who can't play racquetball with her fiance anymore "because I threw my racquet at him one time";
4) Despite her pink-haired, "way too much energy" side, Bahrke is in fact capable of being rather pensive when the moment calls for it;
5) As alluded to a moment ago, she's engaged to be married. And yes, she is quick to share that she's planning on taking her fiance's last name.
Why is that relevant, you ask?
Because his last name, Happe, is pronounced "happy."