Hannah Kearney thwarts sisters in Deer Valley moguls

Hannah Kearney

It’s clear that Hannah Kearney‘s path to defend her Olympic moguls gold will go through not one, not two but three Dufour-Lapointes.

She conquered the Canadian sisters at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah, on Thursday night. Kearney, already qualified for the Sochi Olympics, won a World Cup moguls event with 24.83 points in her 100th career World Cup start.

Chloe and Justine Dufour-Lapointe were second and third with 23.45 and 23.33 points, respectively. Maxime Dufour-Lapointe was fifth, behind American Heather McPhie.

World bronze medalist Justine, 19, appears to be the biggest competition, having beaten Kearney in Calgary, Alberta, five days ago. Chloe, 22, was third in that event. Maxime, the oldest at 24, was fifth.

Kearney and the Dufour-Lapointe sisters will battle again in another moguls race in Deer Valley on Saturday.

Canada swept the men’s event: world champion Mikael Kingsbury followed by Olympic champion Alexandre Bilodeau followed by Marc-Antoine Gagnon.

NBCSN will air Thursday’s moguls competitions on Friday at 11 p.m. ET.

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