Minutes before the medal

Fire alarm woke up Hannah Kearney before her bronze-medal moguls run

Feb. 10, 2014 at 10:55 AM ET

Image: Hannah Kearney
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Bronze medalist Hannah Kearney poses during the medal ceremony for the women's freestyle skiing moguls.

Olympic mogul skier Hannah Kearney was feeling "mixed emotions" a day after she won bronze

"It could easily be argued that I was the favorite and supposed to win," she told TODAY.com, since she won gold in Vancouver. "Things don't always happen as they are supposed to." 

WATCH: Kearney announces retirement on TODAY

As far as the rest of the world is concerned, a bronze medal is an amazing accomplishment, so we wanted to know what she did shortly before her win. Here's a play-by-play of her race day:

Wake-up time:

10:20 a.m., when a fire alarm went off in her room. "It wasn't an issue," Hannah said. "I had purposely been staying on a late schedule because our event was so late, and 10:20 is plenty late to be getting up."

She's staying with her team in the Athlete's Village — her first time despite competing in Torino and Vancouver. "It feels very Olympic, like you're watching a movie," she said. "There are 300 people in a dining hall from all different countries wearing their matching outfits."

Breakfast of champions:
Oatmeal with dried cranberries, raisins, honey, peanut butter and almonds. 

Look at her go! Hannah Kearney competes in moguls for Team USA.
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Look at her go! Hannah Kearney competes in moguls for Team USA.

Warm-up routine:
Fifteen minutes on the elliptical, jump rope, squat jumps and agility ladders. 

"I stuck with my normal routine, because that's what I'm used to and good at," Hannah said. 

What she did in the lead-up to the event:
A 10-minute snooze and then a second 30-minute one. 

"I'm a big napper. Get the sleep when you can," she said, explaining that naps help her "restart the day." 

Last meal:
A banana she grabbed out of her backpack.

Her competition playlist:
A combination of contemporary folk music, classic rock and Top 40 hits. 

Hannah was rocking out to Tom Petty's "Even the Losers," Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" and Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" during training and at the top of the course. 

What's next? 
Hannah officially announced her retirement from moguls to TODAY's Lester Holt on Sunday. 

"There are other life goals I must get to," she said. 

In the meantime, she told TODAY.com she was thankful for the reaction from home.

"A lot of people have offered their support despite the fact that I probably didn't quite live up to their expectations," she said. "There have been some very kind messages. ... Thank you to everyone."

Steve Veres is an editor for TODAY.com. He's been known to bust out Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" at many a karaoke bar. Follow his Sochi adventures on Twitter, @Sveres123.

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