Deer Valley, Utah – Justine Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC) has thrived this week skiing at the Deer Valley Resort in Utah. Just 48 hours after winning a FIS World Cup event on Thursday, Dufour-Lapointe returned and captured the dual moguls title by defeating Kazakhstan’s Yulia Galysheva 22-13 in the final.
The 21-year-old entered the event as the defending champion and did not disappoint. She now has a total of 12 FIS World Cup victories and 32 podium-finishes in her career.
“I felt good when I woke up this morning and I knew what I had to do to perform well out there. I concentrated on my skiing without looking at my rivals to not get distracted,” said Justine Dufour-Lapointe. “I skied for myself and I really had the feeling that I dominated the course. I adapted my skiing to be consistent and opted for fast but clean runs. I am really proud of the way I skied today.”
Three other Canadian women made it into the top-eight, including Audrey Robichaud who lost to Dufour-Lapointe 34-1 and Alex-Anne Gagnon who was defeated by American Mikayla Matthews after she was unable to finish the race. Robichaud finished sixth and Gagnon in eighth place. Maxime Dufour-Lapointe (ninth) and Penticton’s Andi Naude (10th) rounded out the top-10.
Two Americans squared off for third place in a showdown that saw Jaelin Kauf defeat Matthews 26-9.
On the men’s side, Mikaël Kingsbury (Deux-Montagnes, QC) was upset 16-19 in the quarter-finals by Finland’s Jimi Salonen to finish fifth overall. Philippe Marquis (Quebec City, QC) lost in the round of 16 to Dmitriy Reiherd of Kazakhstan by a score of 25-10. Marquis finished 13th overall.
“It was a close dual. The new race format in dual moguls forces the higher ranked skier to change courses. The red course was more difficult today and slower. That’s the one I was in when I lost,” said Kingsbury. “I skied well on the blue course and I also had a good run on the red during another round. Jimi was the fastest out of the first jump, so I had to catch up to him. I was the first to arrive at the finish line but the judges saw things differently. I am happy with the way I skied, but Jimi deserved to be on the podium.”
Salonen ended up finishing second to France’s Anthony Benna who defeated him by a score of 21-14. Reiherd defeated countryman Pavel Kolmakov 25-10 for third.
Justine Dufour-Lapointe now extends her World Cup standings lead over her sister Chloé by a score of 404 to 318. Kingsbury remains in the men’s lead with 425. Australia’s Matt Graham is the next closest competitor with 286 points.