Chloé and Justine Dufour-Lapointe finish season on podium



(ISN) – Megève, France – In the last FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup of the season, Chloé Dufour-Lapointe and younger sister Justine stood second and third, respectively, on the podium today in Megève, France.

Competing in dual moguls, Chloé defeated Justine in the semifinals by a score of 19-16 before losing to eventual winner, Hannah Kearney (USA), by the same score.

“It was a great day,” said Chloé. “Conditions were even better during training which helped me prepare for the competition. I really focused on my technique and tried to be as fast as I possibly could. It was a nice way to finish the season and to be on the podium with my sister Justine.”

Justine defeated teammate Andi Naude 25-10 to finish third.

In what could have been a historic day, Mikaël Kingsbury fell during his quarter-final match with American Bryon Wilson to finish eighth today. With a win, Kingsbury could have surpassed Frenchman Edgar Grospiron’s record of 28 all-time World Cup victories in moguls.

“I had a good start, but so did Wilson and I tripped trying to catch up to him,” said Kingsbury. “I didn’t feel much pressure in breaking Edgar’s record. I knew that if it wasn’t today, that I would eventually do it next year. Victory 29 will come next season. I would have never imagined making it to 28 this year even.”

“I was able to meet Edgar and take a couple of pictures with him. Jean-Luc Brassard was here too and skied with us. They’re both legends of the sport and people I look up to. We were all able to joke and get to know each other more.”

Kingsbury had entered the weekend on a winning streak having won his last seven World Cups – also a record.

Even with today’s setback, Kingsbury still won the Crystal Globe for his discipline and for the overall title for the fourth consecutive year.

Kingsbury’s 761 points put him ahead of American aerialist Mac Bohonnon’s 491 points for the overall title in the standings.

“Even though today wasn’t the best way to end the season, I am still proud of what I accomplished,” added Kingsbury. “I’m excited to head home and celebrate with family and friends.

“I knew I already had the Crystal Globe locked up before today. Winning seven in a row was great accomplishment this season. All these records are always great motivation. They are never my main objective, but they help push me. It’s definitely one of the best seasons of my career.”

Philippe Marquis had the best showing among the Canadian men today in Megève with a fifth place finish.

Anthony Benna won the competition on home soil after defeating American Thomas Rowley 21-14. Russian Alexandr Smyshlyaev finished third thanks to a 20-15 victory over Wilson.

Benna is the only man to win a World Cup this season in moguls other than Kingsbury and Marquis.

Today’s full results for men and women can be accessed here.

Canadians Show Incredible Depth

Kearney was crowned the Crystal Globe winner for women’s moguls, but the next five competitors after her were Canadian. Justine 591 points narrowly beat out sister Chloé’s 493 for second place.

“I really wanted to have fun today and do well,” said Justine. “I finished the season strong and I am pleased with how my season went. I think I can be proud finishing second overall. It’s my fourth year in a row finishing second. I’m happy to be able to push Hannah every season.”

Audrey Robichaud finished fourth, Naude finished fifth and Maxime Dufour-Lapointe finished sixth.

On the men’s side, after Kingsbury (761 points) is Smyshlyaev in second place with 430 points. His performances today allowed him to surpass Marquis who finished only four points back for third place.

Also rounding out the top-10 are Canadians Simon Pouliot-Cavanagh in sixth and Marc-Antoine Gagnon in eighth.

The excellent season over all four disciplines (aerials, moguls, halfpipe and slopestyle) allowed Canada to capture the 2015 Overall Nations Cup with 4,983 points. The United States came in second with 4,929 points and France in third with 3,787.

Canada also won the 2015 Moguls Nations Cup with 2,488 points. The United States finished second with 2013 and in third was Russia with 893.

Men’s World Cup standings.
Women’s World Cup standings.

Megève World Cup Results – Dual Moguls
Canadian Men Canadian Women
Philippe Marquis (Quebec City, QC) – 5th Chloé Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC) – 2nd
Mikaël Kingsbury (Deux-Montagnes, QC) – 8th Justine Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC) – 3rd 
Simon Pouliot-Cavanagh (Quebec City, QC) – 9th Andi Naude (Penticton, BC) – 4th
Marc-Antoine Gagnon (Terrebonne, QC) – 10th Audrey Robichaud (Quebec City, QC) – 5th
  Maxime Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC) – 6th
  Alex-Anne Gagnon (Terrebonne, QC) – 12th

Return to Canada
Kingsbury, the Dufour-Lapointes and a few other teammates will be arriving to Montreal on Tuesday, March 17 at 1:35 p.m. EDT on flight AC 875. Media are invited to welcome the athletes on their arrival home.

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