Mick Dierdorff, Hagen Kearney Eliminated In Knockout Round Of Snowboard Cross Final

Feb 9, 2022, 11:53 PM
Mick Dierdorff - Snowboard Cross...
(L-R) Liam Moffatt of Team Canada, Mick Dierdorff of Team United States and Alessandro Haemmerle of Team Austria compete during the Men's Snowboard Cross 1/8 finals on Day 6 of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Genting Snow Park on February 10, 2022 in Zhangjiakou, China. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
(Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – Mick Dierdorff and Hagen Kearney had their Winter Olympic medal hopes crushed after being eliminated in the Snowboard Cross Final.

Hagen Kearney was eliminated in the first round, while Mick Dierdorff lost in the quarterfinal of the Snowboard Cross Final.

The top two snowboarders in each bracket race would advance to the next round.

Dierdorff was the first of the local duo to race in the final. He beat Alessandro Haemmerle of Austria, Liam Moffatt of Canada and Huw Nightingale of Great Britain. Haemmerle finished second and advanced with Dierdorff to the next round.

Kearney was a little bit behind the second place rider and came closer heading down the stretch but ultimately came up short in his first round race.

Dierdorff would face No. 4 seed Haemmerle of Austria, No. 5 Martin Noerl and No. 21 Lucas Eguibar of Spain in the quarterfinal. In the race, Dierdorff fell near the end of the race and did not finish, which meant his Snowboard Cross journey was over.

Kearney is from Buffalo, New York and currently resides in Park City, Utah. It’s his second Winter Olympic Games after competing in PyeongChang in 2018. Dierdorff is from Bellevue, Washington before he attended the University of Utah.

The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

Just a year after Japan’s summer Olympics, the Games are back for a winter show in Beijing, China. The unusually short gap between Games is due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Strict precautions and enforced virus prevention protocol are in place to help keep athletes, coaches and personnel safe. 

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