The ladies’ moguls portion of freestyle skiing at the 2014 Winter Olympics has come to an epic conclusion, with medals being doled out after a thrilling round of championship-worthy runs.
Jason Stahl of NBCOlympics.com tweeted out the list of winners at the event’s conclusion:
Justine Dufour-Lapointe was the clear-cut winner, earning gold for Canada with a score of 22.44 in her third and final run on Saturday.
Her sister, Chloe Dufour-Lapointe, took home the silver medal for the Canadians, earning a score of 21.66 in the final round. American Hannah Kearney had to settle for bronze after posting a score of 21.49 in Round 3.
Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson shared Kearney's thoughts on her finish during an emotional news conference:
I feel like I let myself down. I wanted that gold medal. ...
It wasn't the nerves. It was a simple kick-out. I did everything I could. I fought back from a not very good run, but that one turn got the best of me today.
Robinson also noted that the sisters "had already put up strong runs before Kearney closed out the medal round, and it was immediately clear the stumble had cost her another gold."
Kearney's disappointment stings worse because, as USA Today's Lindsay H. Jones notes, "she hasn't announced plans to retire immediately, but she knows the 2016 Games (sic) in PyeongChang aren't in her plans."
Let’s take a look at the complete results for all contestants during the ladies’ moguls final and recap the action of this exciting event.
Medal Results and Scores
After two tough qualifying rounds, the field was whittled down to a final six.
Hannah Kearney and Eliza Outtrim of the United States, sisters Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe of Canada, Britt Cox of Australia and Aiko Uemura of Japan all broke through and made it to the third and final round where the medal would be decided.
Uemura got things started with a solid score of 20.66. She had no major flaws on the run and was as consistent as she had been all evening when the stakes were at the highest. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to reach the podium.
Stahl thought her coach at least deserved a perfect score for his mustache:
Aiko Uemura leads off the #moguls super final with a 20.66. Her coach gets a 25 for his mustache.— Jason Stahl (@stahl_jason) February 8, 2014
Outtrim was up next, but she wasn’t able to nudge Uemura during her run. The American finished behind her and wound up posting the lowest score of the six finalists with 19.37.
Cox also failed to break 20 points, posting a 19.43 that was ultimately forgettable and unworthy of the podium.
Justine Dufour-Lapointe locked up a gold medal with a 22.44 on the most impressive run of the round. The 19-year-old was nearly flawless throughout and was justly rewarded by the judges for the epic trek down the moguls.
Chloe Dufour-Lapointe went next but wasn’t able to best her younger sister. The 22-year-old’s effort was nearly as good and wound up earning a 21.66 from the judges. That was enough for silver in this prestigious event.
American Hannah Kearney placed first in the qualification round and had a chance to steal gold as the sixth and final woman down the moguls. But she lost her balance after kicker No. 1, and that slip proved to be fatal. She was given a 21.49, helping Team USA hit the podium with a bronze medal.
It was a wild finish to one of the most thrilling medal events thus far in Sochi. The Dufour-Lapointe sisters proved that they are the best in the business and are well-deserving of their 1-2 finish in the 2014 ladies' moguls finals.