Three in a row for Bilodeau, Chloe with first career win
VAL SAINT-COME, CAN – The final FIS Freestyle event in the qualification period for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games took place on Sunday, with World Cup moguls action from Val Saint-Come (CAN).
The ladies' competition saw more good skiing from the Dufour-Lapointe sisters (CAN), with middle sister and 2013 dual moguls world champion Chloe besting younger sister Justine by a score of 23.79 to 22.51, registering her first World Cup win in the process. While Justine skied a faster time and registered higher scores on her jumps, Chloe's better turning scores were enough to nudge her into the top spot.
Third place went to Junko Hoshino (JPN), for her first career World Cup podium, as she was just able to edge World Cup moguls leader Hannah Kearney (USA). Kearney made a mistake on her trademark 360 mute grab on the second air bump costing her the win. Previous to Sunday's event, Hoshino had only made it into the top 10 on one other occasion, earlier this month in Calgary (CAN).
Kearney's fourth-place performance was enough to keep her atop both the moguls and the World Cup overall leaderboards.
In the men's event, Alex Bilodeau (CAN) matched countryman Mikael Kingsbury's streak from earlier in the 2013/14 season by winning his third consecutive World Cup event, extending both his World Cup moguls and freestyle overall leads while heightening the drama as we head towards a near inevitable showdown between the two Canadians at the Sochi Games. While the two skiers had identical scores from the turning judges, Bilodeau's faster time and higher jump scores gave him an edge of 26.49 points to Kingsbury's 25.66.
Third place went to Bradley Wilson (USA), who with his second World Cup podium of the week guaranteed himself a place on the USA moguls team in Sochi, joining top U.S. skier Patrick Deneen, who chose to sit out the Val Saint-Come event to rest before the Olympics.
The four-man superfinal was rounded out by Ville Miettunen (FIN) in fourth. The result was the best of the 21-year-old's career.
With the conclusion of the Val Saint-Come competition, there now remains only one FIS Freestyle event before the Olympics, with ski cross action from Kreischberg (AUT) January 24-25.
Full ladies' results can be found HERE
Ladies' video highlights can be found HERE
Full men's results can be found HERE
Men's video highlights can be found HERE
Alternate link for video highlights can be found HERE