Dufour-Lapointe, Benna win world moguls titles in Austria

Canada's Justine Dufour-Lapointe topped the field in world moguls on Sunday.  

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KREISCHBERG, Austria — Canadian freestyle skier Justine Dufour-Lapointe added to her Olympic gold medal by winning the world moguls title, while Anthony Benna of France won the men’s gold on Sunday.

Dufour-Lapointe, who earned bronze at the 2013 worlds in Norway, scored 87.25 points in the final. Defending champion Hannah Kearney of the United States, who took the title in 2005 and again two years ago, won silver with 85.66, while Britteny Cox of Australia gained 81.98 for the bronze medal.

"I am so happy. I can’t believe it," Dufour-Lapointe said. "It was a title that I really wanted for two years. And now, being the world champion, it’s amazing. I am feeling incredible. I did my best today. I skied the best I could and it worked so well. I am really proud of myself right now."

Dufour-Lapointe’s older sister Maxime finished 1.06 points short of the podium in fourth, while her other sister, Chloe, is the 2013 dual moguls world champion.

"We started skiing because it was a family sport," Justine said. "We could all gather and ski together. Then we loved so much to go fast, so we skied in moguls and fell in love with it."

The men’s champion, Benna, hadn’t finished in the top 15 of a major championship before. The Frenchman, who earned his most recent of four career World Cup podiums in Finland in December, ended on 86.89 to beat defending champion Mikael Kingsbury of Canada by 0.35 points.

Alexandr Smyshlyaev of Russia scored 85.68 for bronze, edging fourth-place and 2009 world champion Patrick Deneen of the United States by only 0.04.

The next medal event of the freestyle skiing world championships is the dual moguls on Monday.