Kearney, Kingsbury win World Cup moguls eventHannah Kearney competes during the freestyle World Cup moguls event on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, in Park City, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- American Hannah Kearney won the women's moguls with 24.83 points Thursday night on the opening day of the World Cup freestyle event at Deer Valley Ski Resort.
Kearney, the Olympic champion from Norwich, Vt., who has already qualified for the Sochi Games, won for the sixth time Deer Valley to prevent a Canadian podium sweep in both men's and women's moguls finals. Making her 100th World Cup start, Kearney won for the second time this season and 38th overall.
''It feels really good to be rewarded by the judges for pushing myself,'' Kearney said. ''I felt a little bit out of control, but they didn't punish me too much and that's a nice thing because I need to charge. It felt good to pull it together and have the maturity to feel out of control, then pull it together and handle the bottom air well. I love this course and I love once you've figured out the course, it makes the second competition less stressful. You sort of feel more confident already.''
Canada's Mikael Kingsbury had 26.39 points to win the men's final, his third straight World Cup moguls win to open the season. Alex Blodeau was second at 25.29, and Marc-Antoine Gagnon third with 24.85.
In the women's event, defending World Cup dual moguls champion Chloe Dufour-Lapointe was second behind Kearney with 23.45 points. She edged younger sister Justine Dufour-Lapointe, was third at 23.33s. Heather McPhie of Bozeman, Mont., was fourth, and a third Dufour-Lapointe sister, Maxime, was fifth.
''Fourth is always a little rough, but it's my best result of the season,'' McPhie said. ''I'm right on track with what I'm working on. I just have to believe it's going to happen. I just have to get a little faster. I love this course.''
The event continues Friday night with men's and women's aerial finals, and a second moguls competition is set for Saturday.