Canada’s Justine Dufour-Lapointe tops sister Chloe, Hannah Kearney for women’s moguls gold

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The youngest of Canada’s three Dufour-Lapointe sisters will stand the tallest on the Olympic women’s moguls podium in Sochi, as Justine Dufour-Lapointe (pictured, left) beat Chloe Dufour-Lapointe (pictured, right) and 2010 Olympic champion Hannah Kearney of the U.S. at Rosa Khutor.

Fourth in the starting order for the six-person “super final” – the last of three eliminations within the final round – 19-year-old Justine earned a score of 22.44 (74.80%) to set the bar for the two left to go: Chloe and Kearney, who upset Canada’s Jenn Heil four years ago in Vancouver.

Chloe was unable to move past her sister, gaining a score of 21.66 (72.20%) and slotting into silver position to set the stage for Kearney. The Vermont native briefly lost her technique after the first kicker, but gathered back up for a solid run down the remainder of the course.

VIDEO: Kearney devastated by bronze finish

However, a successful title defense was not to be, as Kearney (71.63%) earned a score of 21.49, good for the bronze.

With Justine’s victory, the wait to see the first freestyle skier earn multiple Olympic gold medals will continue on to Pyeongchang in 2018.

The third American remaining in the moguls’ field, Heather McPhie, was eliminated after Round 1 of the final and is credited with a 13th place finish. The third Dufour-Lapointe sister, Maxime, was eliminated in Round 2, and finished one spot ahead in 12th.

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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

Gracie Gold qualifies for nationals, Polina Edmunds shut out

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2014 Olympian Gracie Gold qualified for the 2020 U.S. Figure Skating Championships by virtue of a third-place finish at the Eastern Sectional Singles Final on Saturday in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

“Bronze: so hot this fall,” Gold posted on Instagram. She last competed at U.S. nationals in 2017, when she finished sixth. She won the national title in 2014 and 2016.

Gold sat second after the short program with 63.55 points, and ultimately finished third overall with 109.90 points in the free skate for 173.45 points. The top four at the event qualify for the national championships in Greensboro, North Carolina in January.

Her free skate included a fall on the opening triple Lutz and an under-rotation on the triple Lutz, double toe loop combination. She also put a hand down on the landing of a double Axel. The rest of the program, though, was clean.

Her performance, set to “She Used to be Mine” by Sara Bareilles, can be found at the 2:05 mark of the on-demand stream of the event for NBC Gold Pass subscribers.

Meanwhile, her Sochi teammate Polina Edmunds was shut out of nationals based on a fifth-place finish at the Pacific Coast Sectional Singles Final (top four qualify). Her performance can be found for NBC Gold Pass subscribers at the 1:50 mark of the on-demand stream for the event. Edmunds last competed at Nationals in 2016, when she earned the silver medal behind Gold.

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Brittany Bowe extends unbeaten streak to open speed skating World Cup

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Brittany Bowe extended one of the most dominant runs for any U.S. Winter Olympian, earning her first straight World Cup 1000m win to open the season on Sunday.

Bowe, fourth and eighth in the event at her two Olympics, clocked 1:15.35 in Minsk, Belarus, to beat PyeongChang gold medalist Jorien ter Mors by six tenths. Ter Mors missed all of last season after knee surgery.

Bowe won every World Cup 1000m dating to last December, plus her second world title in the event last February, lowering track records at each stop.

She ended last season by breaking the world record by .48 of a second on the fast ice of the 2002 Olympic oval in Kearns, Utah. That time — 1:11.61 — would have been the men’s world record as recently as 1997.

Bowe, a former Florida Atlantic point guard who missed all of 2016-17 with a concussion, is up to 23 career World Cup wins. That’s fifth on the U.S. all-time list behind Bonnie Blair (69), Shani Davis (58), Dan Jansen (46) and Heather Bergsma (34), according to

The World Cup moves to Poland next week.

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