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Hagen Kearney Biography – Hagen Kearney Wiki
Hagen Kearney is an American snowboarder who has competed in snowboard cross since 2000. Kearney has had a progressive career: He won his first World Cup in 2016, won a World Championship medal in 2017 and made his first Olympic team in 2018.
Hagen has participated in several Snowboarding World Championships in 2013, 2017 and 2021. In 2017, he competed at the FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboarding World Championships 2017 in Sierra Nevada, Spain, where he won a gold medal in the men’s snowboard team cross, along with Nick Baumgartner.
He has participated in two olympics. Hagen made his first Olympic team in 2018 and competed at the 23rd Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, where he placed 13th overall in the Men’s Snowboard Cross. He competed at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, where he placed 17th overall in the Men’s Snowboard Cross.
Hagen started skateboarding before he began snowboarding. He began snowboarding in 2000 at the age of 9, when his family visited Telluride for a ski trip.
In February 2022, former U.S. Snowboard member Callan Chythlook-Sifsof accused snowboarder Hagen Kearney of racism and the repeated use of the N-word when the two were teammates in 2014.
Chythlook-Sifsof wrote in an Instagram post: “Since day 1 of making the team, Hagen Kearney had routinely and continuously used the n-word (as a norm) but intentionally to get under my skin. After battling with Hagen about his use of the word all of 2014 (in front of US Team athlete/staff) it came to a head at the last Olympic qualifier in Canada. In the van ride back to the hotel, he remarked that “Kanye West gives black people a bad name”. I told him to keep his mouth shut for the remainder of the van ride which he chuckled at before remaining silent. The van parked, I was first out and we all walked single file through a 100 ft hallway. Hagen was a few people behind me, cupped his hands to his mouth and yelled the n-word on repeat around 20 times as we walked. In the lobby I stopped to face him, he approached me smiling. I said, “Hagen if you say that one more time…”. He got 6 inches from my face, fake punched at me and said, “What? What are you gonna do about it?” I turned around, walked to my elevator (his room was on opposite side of bldg) and he followed me into it. I left and took the stairs. This man has made rape jokes about female members of the team and the list goes on.”
Kearney, who finished 17th at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games in men’s snowboardcross contest, posted on Instagram that he faced expulsion from the team after the episode with Chythlook-Sifsof, and apologized shortly after. He said in a statement:
“Some of you have already heard about this, a lot of you have not. A little over 8 years ago, in December 2013, I used the N word around one of my former teammates, Callan Chythlook Sifsof. There was an argument during a van ride and I used that word in a joking context to aggravate Callan.
“It was an act of utter stupidity and disgusting behavior on my part. I immediately regretted what I had done. The coaches were promptly informed of what happened and I faced being let go from the US Team. I had never felt so low and ashamed of myself. I finally got the chance to speak to Callan a day later to make amends. I apologized profusely to her in an effort to not only own up to the horrible word I used, but to salvage our friendship.
“Callan was reluctant to accept my apology, but she did and I was very grateful for that. I did not have the same head on my shoulders back then as I do now and Callan was a huge part of me changing and growing as human. I am a bigger and better person now. People make mistakes in life and that was certainly my biggest.
“At no point during this instance did I fake punch at her, follow her, shout the N word repeatedly, and I have certainly never made rape jokes while being on this team, but I am still ashamed about using that word to this day. I am not a racist person nor have I ever been. All that I can say now is that I am truly sorry from the bottom of my heart to the people who I have let down and offended because of this.”
Chythlook-Sifsof also accused the team’s head coach, Peter Foley, of sexual harassment and taking naked pictures of female athletes for over a decade.
Hagen Kearney Age
Hagen Kearney was born on November 6, 1991, in Buffalo, NY, United States.
Hagen Kearney Family
Hagen Kearney is the son of Richard Kearney. He has one brother, Harry.
Hagen Kearney Height
He stands at a height of 6′ 2″.
Hagen Kearney Instagram
Hagen Kearney’s Instagram handle is @hagenkearney.
4 Interesting Things About Hagen Kearney
- Kearney is a man of many talents. When he isn’t snowboarding, you can find him skateboarding or riding his motorcycles.
- Hagen’s love for snow started in 2000 when his family visited Telluride for a ski trip.
- Kearney is a part of a metal band and plays the drums and guitar.
- Kearney has had a progressive career: He won his first World Cup in 2016, brought home a World Championship medal in 2017 and made his first Olympic team in 2018.