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Bilodeau shines in dual mogul win, as Kearney reclaims yellow leader's bib


Hannah Kearney took back the yellow bib and her lead in the World Cup mogul standings with a duals victory in Are, Sweden Saturday. Her rebound comes a day after an uncharacteristic 14th place finish in single moguls Friday.

“There’s nothing like having a terrible competition and losing the yellow bib to light some fire underneath you,” said Kearney. “I didn’t sleep well last night because I was dwelling on the mistakes I made yesterday but sometimes in duals you just have to ski through the mistakes and I was able to do that today. That and my overall skiing was just a lot better.

“My final dual was against Yulia Galysheva and she’s known for being really good at duals because of her front flip on the bottom air. I had the guys watching and they told me I’ve got to be in front of her by a few bumps going into the bottom air if I want to win. I just listened to them.”

Meanwhile, Olympic Champion Alex Bilodeau won his second FIS World Cup event in as many days in a dual mogul event, beating teammate Mikael Kingsbury for the top spot on the podium.
 
In the men’s semi-final round of the head-to-head event, Bilodeau, who won yesterday’s single mogul event, edged Bradley Wilson of the US while Kingsbury beat Per Spett of Sweden, putting the two Canadian powerhouses against each. According to Kingsbury, it was the ninth time the two have faced each other in a dual mogul final, and the sixth time Rosemère, Que.’s Bilodeau prevailed.
 
Bilodeau said that he knew Kingsbury was his toughest competition because, “ Every time it’s super tight between us and could go either way.”
 
And, he knew that Kingsbury was fast, so being quick might not be the best strategy in an event where speed is only 25 per cent of the score (air and turns make up the rest of the points). So, Bilodeau said, “I knew I need to do something special to step out and grab the judges attention.”
 
Today, he maintained that the difference-maker was pulling out a double full (double twisting back flip) off the top air. “It’s a trick that’s never done in duals, and I didn’t even train it because I wanted to keep it a secret, but I’m pretty confident with that jump so it was a gamble to do it, but it paid off,” said the three-time dual mogul world champion.
 
The judges awarded Bilodeau 25 points to Kingsbury’s 10.
 
Kingsbury, who remains the overall points leader for moguls on the FIS circuit, was disappointed with the result, but happy with his performance. “Against [Bilodeau] it’s never easy, so I pushed to the max, and Alex for sure did a bigger air on the top, but I got him by half a second in speed.”

Bradley Wilson picked up third place for the Americans.

“My finals run was against Per Spett, the hometown hero,” said Wilson. “I saw him crash out of the corner of my eye so I knew I just needed to make it to the bottom. I competed a back full of the top and a back X off the bottom because it’s super fast on the bottom air. I came out and had fun today, that’s what I try and do every time and let my skiing do what I know it can. I had the same mindset yesterday I just pushed it a little too hard. I’ve got the same mindset going into World Cup finals next week, and hopefully I’ll be on the podium again there.”

Results
Are (SWE)
World Cup
Ladies’ Dual Moguls

Rank Bib   Name Year Nation
 1  2 KEARNEY Hannah  1986  USA 
 2  11 GALYSHEVA Yulia  1992  KAZ 
 3  5 DUFOUR-LAPOINTE Chloe  1991  CAN 
 4  3 MCPHIE Heather  1984  USA 
 5  4 OUTTRIM Eliza  1985  USA 
 6  1 DUFOUR-LAPOINTE Justine  1994  CAN 
 7  21 PERTAKHIYA Marika  1992  RUS 
 8  10 MATTHEWS Mikaela  1991  USA 
 9  15 MURATA Arisa  1990  JPN 
 10  8 SUDOVA Nikola  1982  CZE 
 11  18 RAKHIMOVA Regina  1985  RUS 
 12  13 KLOSER Heidi  1992  USA 
 13  16 DUFOUR-LAPOINTE Maxime  1989  CAN 
 14  6 ITO Miki  1987  JPN 
 15  12 OAKLEY K C  1988  USA 
 16  9 ROBICHAUD Audrey  1988  CAN 
 17  7 UEMURA Aiko  1979  JPN 
 18  14 NAUDE Andi  1996  CAN 
 19  28 CARLQVIST Veronica  1990  SWE 
 20  19 WESSEL Hedvig  1995  NOR 
 21  32 SCANZIO Deborah  1986  ITA 
 22  17 HENITIUK Chelsea  1987  CAN 
 23  24 IWAMOTO Ako  1993  JPN 
 24  22 MURATOVA Elena  1986  RUS 
 25  23 RYBALOVA Darya  1988  KAZ 
 26  20 HOSHINO Junko  1989  JPN 
 27  35 NING Qin  1992  CHN 
 28  34 AMUNDSEN Aurora  1996  NOR 
 29  31 AMUNDSEN Emilie Klingen  1994  NOR 
 30  27 NILSSON Julia  1990  SWE 
 31  26 HNYKOVA Kristyna  1994  CZE 
 32  37 MEILINGER Melanie  1991  AUT 
 33  30 KOYANDER Ellie  1991  GBR 
 34  38 SANTA-OLALLA Reyes  1984  SPA 
 35  36 SEO Jee-Won  1994  KOR 
Did not start
    HENNINGSEN Maj-Beldring  1981  DAN 
Did not finish
    VACULIKOVA Tereza  1992  CZE 

Are (SWE)
World Cup
Men’s Dual Moguls

Rank Bib    Name Year Nation
 1  2 BILODEAU Alex  1987  CAN 
 2  1 KINGSBURY Mikael  1992  CAN 
 3  4 WILSON Bradley  1992  USA 
 4  15 SPETT Per  1985  SWE 
 5  3 DENEEN Patrick  1987  USA 
 6  22 SLATTEN Vinjar  1990  NOR 
 7  7 MARQUIS Philippe  1989  CAN 
 8  14 COTA Jeremy  1988  USA 
 9  54 MIETTUNEN Ville  1992  FIN 
 10  13 DISCOE Joseph  1987  USA 
 11  29 PANFILOV Ivan  1989  RUS 
 12  18 KASHIMA Sho  1986  USA 
 13  9 WALCZYK Dylan  1993  USA 
 14  6 ENDO Sho  1990  JPN 
 15  8 SMYSHLYAEV Alexandr  1987  RUS 
 16  20 KIRAMO Arttu  1990  FIN 
 17  16 ROCHON Cedric  1990  CAN 
 18  5 GAGNON Marc-Antoine  1991  CAN 
 19  64 VOLKOV Sergey  1987  RUS 
 20  25 THEOCHARIS Sacha  1990  FRA 
 21  24 FJALLSTROM Ludvig  1993  SWE 
 22  21 CHOI Jae-Woo  1994  KOR 
 23  12 POULIOT-CAVANAGH Simon  1990  CAN 
 24  11 BENNA Anthony  1987  FRA 
 25  34 BURILLE Arnaud  1988  FRA 
 26  47 LAURITZ Jens  1993  SWE 
 27  10 WILSON Bryon  1988  USA 
 28  23 MATIZ Giacomo  1986  ITA 
 29  17 REIHERD Dmitriy  1989  KAZ 
 30  48 NISHI Nobuyuki  1985  JPN 
 31  51 ANDERSEN Tevje Lie  1991  NOR 
 32  28 VANHALA Veli-valtteri  1992  FIN 
 33  41 HICKS Eddie  1988  CAN 
 34  57 YOSHIKAWA Sora  1990  JPN 
 35  38 SVENSSON Ricky  1992  SWE 
 36  43 BARMASHOV Dmitriy  1985  KAZ 
 37  37 UENO Osamu  1983  JPN 
 38  39 PENTTALA Jussi  1993  FIN 
 39  40 KOLMAKOV Pavel  1996  KAZ 
 40  63 LOTH Arwed  1991  GER 
 41  53 SEO Myung-joon  1992  KOR 
 42  61 BARADARAN Darius  1994  IRA 
 43  44 YAMAGUCHI Takuya  1991  JPN 
 44  55 SUMMERS Brodie  1993  AUS 
 45  42 KOBAYASHI Tatsuki  1992  JPN 
 46  36 SATERBERG Fredrik  1994  SWE 
 47  59 SHIKATA Motoki  1993  JPN 
 48  46 SALONEN Jimi  1994  FIN 
 49  60 STABAEK Joakim Rykke  1992  NOR 
 50  52 DELIV David  1995  SWE 
 51  62 TADE Marco  1995  SUI 
 52  33 KIM Ji-Hyon  1995  KOR 
 53  58 ELOFSSON Felix  1995  SWE 
 54  32 WERSEN Nils  1997  SWE 
 55  56 NING Suning  1991  CHN 
 56  49 ZHAO Yang  1992  CHN 
 57  50 HALL Sam  1988  AUS 
 58  31 LEMME Knut  1990  NOR 
 59  26 GUMMESSON Adam  1989  SWE 
Did not finish
    VOLKOV Andrey  1986  RUS 
    CHEN Kang  1993  CHN 

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