Kearney wins second World Cup victory in two days and takes the overall World Cup win

12 March 2011 17:59

American skier Hannah Kearney won dual moguls Saturday for her second World Cup victory in two days. Kearney defeated Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Canada in the women's final. Canadian Jennifer Heil won the consolation round for third place.

 

Canadian rookie Justine Dufour-Lapointe earned her third World Cup podium, taking the silver in a hard-fought final run against the USA’s formidable Hannah Kearney, who won her seventh-straight World Cup of the year and sealed her grip on the crystal globe for the season.

Dufour-Lapointe beat reigning double World Champion (single and dual moguls) Jenn Heil in the semi-finals after Heil barged the start gate and threw herself off-balance. The Spruce Grove, Alberta-native took the bronze medal after beating Russia’s Regina Rakhimova in the small final.

Heil was disappointed that her mistake in the start gate cost her a chance at the gold, but she did earn a remarkable 57th World Cup podium. She was impressed with Dufour-Lapointe and predicted, “Justine represents the future of the sport and she will have a long and great career.”

 

Kearney has become the definition of consistency this season, winning all World Cup individual moguls events and two of the four dual moguls World Cups with three podium finishes. She has been on the podium in all but one event this season.

"That has been my goal all year long," said Kearney about winning the World Cup moguls title for the second time. "It is really satisfying."

 

World Cup action continues with the mogul finals in Myrkdalen-Voss, Norway and the halfpipe finals in La Plagne, France next Sunday, March 20.