- Women's Moguls
Justine Dufour-Lapointe wins women's moguls gold; Kearney wins bronze
The sister-act simply outperformed Hannah Kearney of the United States on the third run of the final to leave the tearful defending champion with the bronze. Kearney announced she will retire after the Olympics.
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They were just the third pair of sisters to win gold and silver in the same event at a Winter Olympics. The others were Christine and Marielle Goitschel of France in 1964 and Doris and Angelika Neuner of Austria in 1992.
"It's the best feeling, they did it! They did it!" shouted the sisters' watching father Yves.
Hopes of a family podium sweep had disappeared when the third sibling, Maxime, went out after the second run of the final, but her sisters would not be denied in the final six-woman showdown.
Teenager Justine went down third and capped a clean run with a perfect back flip to take the lead with a score of 22.44.
Chloe came next, exhorted by her coach to "Attack!, Attack! Attack!", but her landing after the second kicker was less than perfect and she tallied 21.66, good enough for second place.
All eyes were now on American Kearney, who was hoping to become the first freestyle skier to win back-to-back Olympic golds, but the 27-year-old botched the landing after her first jump and was unable to recover sufficiently to score better than 21.49.
The lead up to Kearney's run felt eerily similar to Vancouver. Four years ago, Kearney was also last to ski heading into the final run. Leading was gold medal favorite, Canadian Jenn Heil. This time Kearney was the hunted and she may have still stunned the crowd on her final run as this time the result did not go in her favor.
There was disappointment too for Japan's 34-year-old Aiko Uemura, who was competing in her fifth Olympics but missed the podium by finishing fourth for the second Games in a row.
American Heather McPhie, who made the U.S. team as a discretionary pick, just missed advancing to the second final round, placing 13th. Eliza Outtrim made it to the super final, finishing sixth.
With Kearney not winning gold, she did not make Olympic history. She was attempting to become the first freestyle skier to win back-to-back gold medals. Justine can do that if she competes in Pyeongchang in 2018, which is likely at only 19 years old. History, however, may still be made in men's moguls when Canadian Alex Bilodeau attempts to defend his gold.
This year's moguls competition instituted a new format, where skiers may have to complete as many as four runs in one day.
WOMEN’S MOGULS – SUPER FINAL (FINAL 3)
1. Justine Dufour-Lapointe (CAN), 22.44
2. Chloe Dufour-Lapointe (CAN), 21.66
3. Hannah Kearney (USA), 21.49
4. Aiko Uemura (JPN), 20.66
5. Britteny Cox (AUS), 19.43
6. Eliza Outtrim (USA), 19.37
12. Maxime Dufour-Lapointe, eliminated in Final 2
13. Heather McPhie (USA), eliminated in Final 1
Additional reporting by Jason Stahl