March 15, 2014, Voss, Norway (ISN) – In a replay of last month’s Olympic Games in Sochi, Justine Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC) has taken the Gold Medal, sister Chloé (Montreal, QC) has taken the Silver and American Hannah Kearney the Bronze.
“Today was a bit of a rough day,” admitted Justine, the snow was hard and the conditions kept changing. In the early runs, after my 360, I landed a bit too far back on my heels, but in the final run, I stayed in the zone, got rid of all my bobbles and had a clean SuperFinal.”
Sister Chloé was just as excited about her Silver medal. “I was tired after the Games,” she said, “but now I’ve taken a week’s vacation and I’m ready to finish the rest of the season. I got the feel back!”
“What we are most proud of with our girls,” agreed coaches Marc-Andre Moreau and JP Richard, “is their ability to raise their game with every run. With the 3-run format, you can’t expect the same thing every time. You can’t panic, you have to focus and it’s important to adapt to the changes –right to the end. Their professionalism improves with each run.”
Justine is now 15 points ahead of Kearney in the race to become the 2014 Mogul Crystal Globe winner. “I feel like we are Niki Lauda and James Hunt in this battle,” said Justine, “but, I love the goal, I love the pressure and Hannah challenging me is helping me focus.”
On the Men’s Side, Russia’s Alexandr Smyshlyaev came first. Alex Bilodeau (Rosemere, QC) took the Silver medal and American Patrick Deneen came third. Mikael Kingsbury (Deux-Montagnes, QC) came 4th and Philippe Marquis (Quebec City, QC) came 6th.
“I felt I had a great take-off, jump and landing,” said Bilodeau, “I’m not sure what else I could have done. But, I’m just going to focus on tomorrow and the Crystal Globe.”
As of today, Bilodeau is 11 points behind Mikael Kingsbury for the Mogul Championship and the Overall World Cup Crystal Globe.
“These results highlight the depth of our team, says David Mirota, CFSA Director of High Performance. “Twelve out of 13 Canadian skiers made the finals, and three out of six SuperFinalists (in both divisions) were Canadian!”
Other Canadian Results:
- 5. Audrey Robichaud (Quebec City, QC) 22.75
- 11. Maxime Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC) 21.89
- 12. Christel Hamel (Montreal, QC) 21.52
- 16. Andi Naude (Penticton, BC) DNF
- 7. Simon Pouliot-Cavanagh (Quebec City, QC) 23.44
- 9. Simon Lemieux (Repentigny, QC) 22.98
- 12. Marc-Antoine Gagnon (Terrebonne, QC) 22.48
- 26. Pascal-Olivier Gagne (Montreal, QC) 21.47