Photo Credits: Chad Buchholz/FIS
(ISN) – Kreischberg, Austria – Justine Dufour-Lapointe was crowned the new moguls world champion after beating out Hannah Kearney in the super final on Sunday. Dufour-Lapointe scored an 87.25 to finish ahead of her American rival with 85.66.
The gold medal is the first one in Dufour-Lapointe’s career at the FIS World Championships after winning a bronze medal two years ago in Voss, Norway.
“I’m extremely happy with how I skied today,” said Dufour-Lapointe, also the Olympic gold medallist. “My plan was simple. I wanted to find balance between speed and technique. I stayed calm and focused during the day. I was really in a zone. To get the Olympic gold medal and now the World Championship gold medal is a dream come true. I’ve grown so much since the Olympic and learned a lot. That experience helped me here.”
Dufour-Lapointe and Kearney were followed on the podium by the bronze medallist from Australia, Britteny Cox (81.98). Maxime Dufour-Lapointe fell just short of a medal by finishing in fourth with a score of 80.92.
“It was really a great day for me,” said Maxime Dufour-Lapointe. “I’m so happy and proud of my performances here. I put everything out on the hill and gave my everything in each run. I did my best and I was so close to the podium.”
In the men’s final, defending champion Mikaël Kingsbury was upset by Frenchman Anthony Benna by a score of 86.89 to Kingsbury’s 86.54. Russian Alexandr Smyshlyaev finished third (85.68).
“I’m a little bit disappointed with my final run,” said Kingsbury. “I had a great run in qualifications, but there was a huge gap between runs and the course changed quite a bit. I had a little bit of trouble slowing down during the super final. Tomorrow is a new day and we get to compete in the duals event. I’m going to give it my all to win that.”
Kingsbury had been leading all day, but had a slight miscalculation on his first jump at the top of the hill in the super final. A 2013 gold medallist, Kingsbury now adds silver to complete his collection at the World Championships. The native of Deux-Montagnes, QC also won bronze in 2011 in Park City, Utah.
Also competing in the men’s super final was Marc-Antoine Gagnon, who finished in fifth place (84.78) and teammate Philippe Marquis who did not finish his run and officially finished sixth overall. Canadian Simon Pouliot-Cavanagh ended the day in 17th place after stumbling in Final 1.
The Canadian men were on fire during qualification. Kingsbury came in first (86.59), Pouliot-Cavanagh placed second (84.41), Gagnon fourth (83.15) and Marquis seventh (82.10).
Top-nine men from the first round of qualifications made it directly into the finals. The next 20 best scores from qualifying round 1 had another shot at entry into the finals where an additional nine people were added.
The men’s final consisted of 18 men. Each moguls skiers got one run and the top six scores moved on to the super final.
Canadian Kerrian Chunlaund scored a 74.48 in his first qualifying run and 75.79 in his second to finish 22nd overall.
Justine Dufour-Lapointe had the highest score after the first qualification run with an 86.21. Sister Maxime was fourth at 80.42. Finishing in the top-nine qualified both women directly into the finals.
Like the men, the top-nine scores after round 1 of qualifications would earn direct entry in the finals. The next 20 best scores were given a second attempt to qualify for the 18-woman final.
The 18 women then got one run each into the finals with the top-six moving on to the super final.
Chloé Dufour Lapointe (48.29) and Andi Naude (44.54) finished 32nd and 34th overall. Their round 1 scores were not good enough for a second qualification run.
In total, 36 women competed and represented 17 countries. There were 45 men competing representing 20 countries.
The moguls skiers get another shot at World Championship medal tomorrow when they compete in the dual moguls competition. The event finals are scheduled to start at 6:15 a.m. EST / 3:15 a.m. PST.
Canadian Moguls Athletes:
Men – Mikaël Kingsbury (Deux-Montagnes, QC), Philippe Marquis (Quebec City, QC), Marc-Antoine Gagnon (Terrebonne, QC), Simon Pouliot-Cavanagh (Quebec City, QC), Kerrian Chunlaud (Ste-Foy, QC)
Women – Justine Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC), Chloé Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC), Maxime Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC), Andi Naude (Penticton, BC)