CALGARY, CAN, 26 JAN 2013 – On a steep, challenging Canada Olympic Park course, the home team exhibited a dominating performance, with Canadian athletes taking two 1st place finishes, one runner-up, and laying claim to both the men's and ladies' yellow leader's bibs by the time it was all said and done at the FIS Freestyle moguls World Cup in Calgary, Canada.
“Les Souers Dufour-Lapointe” were able to capitalize on the opening created by the typically indomitable Hannah Kearney falling to 5th place, with middle Dufour-Lapointe sister Chloe claiming 2nd while the youngest of the three, Justine, was able to throw down a mostly flawless run to take her first win of the season. Performing in front of friends, family, and an enthusiastic Canadian crowd, the young sisters were able to step up under pressure and thrill the home town fans.
Eliza Outtrim (USA) grabbed the third podium of her career and her first in over a year by jumping into 3rd place.
With her win, Justine Dufour-Lapointe vaults over Heather McPhie in the FIS Freestyle World Cup overall moguls standings and will be sporting the yellow bib when circuit moves to its biggest stop of the year in Deer Valley, USA, next week.
For the men, Canadian ace Mikael Kingsbury was able to exhibit yet again why he is, at only 20 years of age, the unrivalled leader of the World Cup tour, adjusting his run and battling back from a 5th place qualifying position to throw down a faster, less-technical run that his opponents simply couldn't match.
It was, however, quite close, as top-qualifier Alexandr Smyshlyaev (RUS) ended up a mere .10 off of Kingsbury's winning score, leaving the Russian agonizingly close of his first career World Cup win. While his level of difficulty on the day may have been higher than Kingsbury's, and his bottom jump flat-spin truck-driver grab a fan-favourite air, Smyshlyaev couldn't match the Canadian's speed and amplitude.
3rd place went to Sho Endo (JPN), as he overcame the tough, icy conditions to step onto the podium for the second time in his young career, with Olympic champion Alexander Bilodeau (CAN), in 4th, just narrowly missing out on making it 4 out of 6 podium places for the Canadians.
Kingsbury's win extends his podium streak to 18 in a row and moves him into the position of overall Freestyle points leader, ahead of aerialist Zongyang jia (CHN).
Next up on the calender is one of the highlights of the World Cup season, as the athletes move to the “Superbowl of Freestyle” in Deer Valley, USA, for moguls, dual moguls, and aerials action at the legendary venue in Utah.
FULL LADIES' RESULTS CAN BE FOUND HERE
FULL MEN'S RESULTS CAN BE FOUND HERE