On Thursday, Olympic champion Hannah Kearney marked her 100th career World Cup event in stunning style, recording a fine victory in the women’s moguls on the first day of the World Cup freestyle event in Deer Valley (USA).
The American scored 24.83 points to finish ahead of Canadian sisters Chloe and Justine Dufour-Lapointe, second and third respectively. It was the 38th World Cup win of her career, sending out a bold statement ahead of her title defence in Sochi.
The men’s event saw a Canadian one-two-three, with Mikael Kingsbury’s 26.39 points enough to pip Alex Bilodeau and Marc-Antoine Gagnon to first place. If the top two came as no surprise, this was Gagnon’s first World Cup podium finish, raising hopes that he could yet be among the Olympic medal contenders.
Neureuther back in business with Bormio win
Germany’s Felix Neureuther won his first slalom event of the season in Bormio (ITA) this week, finishing 0.36 seconds ahead of the in-form Marcel Hirscher (AUT) after a superb final run.
Neureuther had stood just 0.01 seconds ahead of the Austrian after his first run, ensuring a finale of high drama in the second. The honours went to 29 year-old Neureuther, who has successfully overcome injury to look a serious competitor for his first medal at the Olympic Winter Games.
Star of the second run, though, was Japan’s Naoki Yuasa, who moved from 26th position to fourth after posting the day’s fastest time.Meanwhile, Italy’s Manfred Moelgg delighted his local crowd by finishing third after a strong finish of his own, rekindling memories of his victory at the same venue in 2008.
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