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Justine Dufour-Lapointe tops Hannah Kearney at World Championships (video)

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Canadian Justine Dufour-Lapointe beat Hannah Kearney to win the World Championship in moguls Sunday, just as she did at the Sochi Olympics.

Dufour-Lapointe, one of three sisters in the sport, scored 87.25 points in the super final in Kreischberg, Austria. Kearney won silver with 85.66. Australian Britteny Cox took bronze with 81.91.

Dufour-Lapointe, 20, won her first World title after bagging bronze in 2013. Kearney, the 2005 and 2013 World champion, won her fourth career World Championships moguls medal to add to her 2010 Olympic gold and 2014 Olympic bronze.

Kearney will retire after this World Cup season concludes.

“Today, my last run was my best run,” Kearney said, according to the U.S. Ski Team. “I made the improvements I wanted, but Justine beat me. And that happens — that’s moguls skiing.”

Also Sunday, Canadian Mikael Kingsbury was upset by France’s Anthony Benna in the men’s competition.

Benna, who finished 23rd in Sochi, scored 86.89 in the super final, beating Kingsbury by .35. Kingsbury won the 2013 World Championship and silver at the Sochi Olympics. Olympic champion Alexandre Bilodeau retired after Sochi.

Benna, 27, has competed on the World Cup tour since 2005 and made the podium once — in 2011. He was also 23rd at the 2013 World Championships.

American Patrick Deneen, the 2009 World champion, finished fourth Sunday.

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Hannah Kearney beaten by Justine Dufour-Lapointe in Deer Valley farewell (video)

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Sochi gold medalist Justine Dufour-Lapointe beat Hannah Kearney in a matchup of the last two Olympic champions at the Visa Freestyle International dual moguls in Park City, Utah, on Saturday night.

Kearney, skiing at the Deer Valley course for the final time as she will retire after this season, was .01 faster than Dufour-Lapointe. But the Canadian Dufour-Lapointe impressed the judges to earn the overall victory.

“Unfortunately, my last run of the day was not my cleanest,” said Kearney, who finished a shockingly low 25th in regular moguls Friday and added that Saturday was the largest crowd she had competed in front of in her Deer Valley career. “Justine was pushing me.”

Sochi silver medalist Mikael Kingsbury won the men’s dual moguls final over American Dylan Walczyk.

The world’s best moguls skiers reconvene in Austria later this week for the World Championships.

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K.C. Oakley breaks through with Deer Valley moguls title (video)

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American K.C. Oakley beat the Olympic gold and silver medalists to bag her first World Cup moguls victory at the Visa Freestyle International in Park City, Utah, on Friday night.

Oakley, who was injured last year and did not make the U.S. Olympic team for Sochi, posted an 82.53 in her last run, topping a podium over the first- and second-place finishers in Sochi — Canadian sisters Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe — who tallied 79.46 and 79.28, respectively.

“I’m like freaking out right now,” said Oakley, 26, who had nerve entrapment surgery and broke a fibula along with torn ligaments last year. “A new confidence that I’ve never had.”

Sochi bronze medalist Hannah Kearney did not make the final and remains three wins behind the World Cup victories record held by 1992 U.S. Olympic champion Donna Weinbrecht.

In the men’s final, Canadian Olympic silver medalist Mikael Kingsbury prevailed with 90.25. Australian Matt Graham was second with 85.49, followed by two-time U.S. Olympian Patrick Deneen.

Olympic champion Alexandre Bilodeau retired after last season.

The Visa Freestyle International continues with dual moguls finals Saturday at 9 p.m. ET, streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra.

The world’s best moguls skiers reconvene in Austria next week for the World Championships.

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