Justine Dufour-Lapointe Wins Deer Valley Dual Moguls World Cup
Canadian Freestyle Ski Association – 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.
Full ladies results.
Full men’s results.
FIS World Cup standings for ladies and men.
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