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Laffont dethrones Dufour-Lapointe in moguls

The Associated Press

Perrine Laffont of France celebrates her victory in the women’s moguls on Sunday.

Reuters PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) — France’s Perrine Laffont clinched gold in the women’s moguls at Pyeong- chang’s Phoenix Snow Park on Sunday.

She out-performed 2014 champion Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Canada, who claimed silver while Kazakhstan’s Yulia Galysheva finished with bronze.

Laffont scored 78.65 in the third final to edge out Sochi gold medalist Dufour-Lapointe by 0.09 points.

Canada’s Andi Naude had the chance to claim glory on the final run but slid off the piste and did not finish.

It was a tight competition in brutally difficult conditions, with a blizzard blowing up the mogul piste.

Dufour-Lapointe set high scores in all three finals, including the highest score of the day in the first final of 79.50. But as the conditions deteriorated, it was the 19-year-old Laffont who showed the greatest staying power to come out on top.

“It wasn’t like I had dreamed it. It was much harder than in my dreams,” Laffont said shortly after her podium presentation.

Dufour-Lapointe, a winner four years ago in Sochi at 19, said that this silver medal was harder-earned than her Olympic gold.

“After everything these past four years, this one means so much,” said the smiling Canadian. “I am so proud of my performance out there. I was so determined to lay down a good performance and I have done that.”

Dufour-Lapointe’s sister Chloe, the Sochi silver medalist, was left in tears after finishing 17th in the first run and failing to advance.

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