Under the lights and fresh falling snow at Phoenix Snow Park, Canada’s Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Montreal, Quebec skied to a silver medal performance, the second medal of her Olympic career and third silver medal for Canada at these Games.
Having advanced directly to finals after her first qualifying run on Friday, Justine finished in top spot in the first final, fourth spot in second final and was third to ski in the super final. She skied with intensity and passion – exactly what was required to defend her gold medal from the 2014 Sochi Games. She would capture the silver medal with a score of 78.56, missing the Olympic gold medal by just .09 points.
Perrine Laffont of France wins the gold medal with a score of 78.65, becoming the first-ever Olympic Champion in women’s moguls in her country’s history. Kazahkstan’s Yulia Galysheva captured the bronze medal with a score of 77.40, her country’s first ever medal in moguls skiing.
Dufour-Lapointe keeps the dynasty alive for moguls skiing in Canada, joining a distinguished list of multiple medal winners including two-time Olympic champion Alex Bilodeau and Olympic gold and silver medallist Jennifer Heil.
“Tonight I don’t have any regrets,” claimed Dufour-Lapointe. “I had a really good run and did not miss a thing. I knew crossing the finish line that was the best run I could put down in this moment, and now it’s the judges’ decision.”
Justine along with older sisters Chloé and Maxime had a difficult year after learning their mother was diagnosed with cancer in January 2017. The family announced the cancer was in remission just prior to the FIS World Cup in Tremblant a few weeks ago, where Justine finished atop the podium, her first win in over a year.
“This year was so tough, but I feel stronger than I did back in Sochi. This medal means so much more to me: it was a lot of hard work. When I was up there tonight, I was just thinking ‘this is my moment, I control what happens next.’ I wanted to prove to the whole world I could do it.”
Andi Naude of Penticton, BC was in prime position to join Dufour-Lapointe on the podium for Canada, going into the super final in the top qualifying position. She would ski last in the super final, but after landing a little short on her top air, her speed was too much to contain. She would ski off-course and did not finish her run.
“Well, today was less than ideal, I came in feeling good,” commented Naude. “I’m happy to be here to represent my country on the world stage, to be able to ski all three runs today, to be able to step up and qualify first into the final run was huge for me. It’s not ideal, it wasn’t a medal. But what can I do. I can’t go back, I just have to keep my head up and look to the future.”
Audrey Robichaud of Quebec City skied well with great jumps, but was unable to make it to the super final; she finished in 9th position overall. Despite advancing to the final in the second qualification run, defending silver medallist Chloé Dufour-Lapointe could not crack the top-12 skiers to make the second finals, finishing in 17th position overall.
Next Olympic Events:
- Men’s Moguls Qualification Run 2 February 12, 5:30 AM ET
- Men’s Moguls Finals February 12, 7:00 AM ET
- Women’s Aerials Qualifications February 15, 6 AM ET