Justine Dufour-Lapointe wins World Cup women’s moguls in Quebec


Justine Dufour-Lapointe (Clement Bucco-Lechat, Wikimedia Commons)

Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Montreal, Quebec won a World Cup women’s moguls competition in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec on Saturday. For Dufour-Lapointe, it was her first World Cup gold medal of the 2017-18 season and her first victory on the World Cup circuit since winning in Val St-Come, Quebec on January 21, 2017. The win for Dufour-Lapointe could not have come at a better time as it was the last World Cup women’s moguls competition prior to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. 

Justine Dufour-Lapointe, who won the gold medal in women’s moguls at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, posted a winning score of 87.43 points. Andi Naude of Regina, Saskatchewan won the silver medal with a score of 85.35 points. Yulia Galysheva of Kazakhstan won the bronze medal with a score of 84.61 points.

Justine Dufour-Lapointe reached the podium by 3.09 points. Tess Johnson of the United States finished in fourth place with a score of 84.34 points.

With the gold medal, Justine Dufour-Lapointe is in sixth place in the World Cup women’s moguls standings with 294 points. Naude is in second with 385 points. The leader is Jaelin Kauf of the United States, who finished in 15th place in Mont-Tremblant, with 436 points overall.

Justine Dufour-Lapointe won the gold medal in Mont-Tremblant while facing adversity. It was announced this week that her mother has cancer.

In men’s moguls action in Mont Tremblant, Canadian Olympic silver medalist Mikael Kingsbury of Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec won the silver medal. It was the first time this year that Kingsbury did not win a World Cup men’s moguls race. Kingsbury, who posted 93.27 points, was beaten by Japanese world champion Ikuma Horishima, who had a winning score of 93.88 points.

The bronze medalist in men’s moguls was Dmitriy Reikherd of Kazakhstan, who posted a score of 88.44 points. Kingsbury reached the podium by 5.6 points over Jae Woo Choi of South Korea.

Kingsbury won the World Cup crystal globe with 680 points. However, just like the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Kingsbury does not head into the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang with a result he would be looking for.

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