Freestyle Skiing

Wednesday Mar. 6, 2013 05:43 ET

Mikaël Kingsbury wins moguls world title, Bilodeau 2nd

Canadian Dufour-Lapointe takes bronze in women's event

Mikael Kingsbury celebrates his victory in the moguls final in Voss, Norway. (Hakon Mosvold Larsen/Associated Press)

Mikaël Kingsbury defeated Canadian teammate Alex Bilodeau for the men's moguls title at the freestyle skiing world championships in Voss, Norway on Wednesday, while Justine Dufour-Lapointe took bronze in women's competition.

Kingsbury, the 20-year-old World Cup champion and season leader from Deux Montagnes, Que., and Bilodeau, the Vancouver Olympic champ from Rosemere, Que., bettered their first-round results.

In the championship-deciding round for the top six, Kingsbury finished with 27.59 points, and Bilodeau with 26.95.

"I have been waiting a while for this and dreaming about the day that I would earn the world championship title," said Kingsbury, whose parents were on hand to witness his victory. "I worked hard all summer to get to this day and I’m very happy."

When I woke up this morning I was in a world championship mood. I felt perfect. My body was perfect, so I knew it could be today."

Patrick Deneen of the United States, the 2009 world champ, took third.

Philippe Marquis of Quebec City and Marc-Antoine Gagnon of Terrebonne, Que., finished 15th and 17th, respectively.

Hannah Kearney of the U.S. topped a good first run worth 26.48 with a second decisive effort of 26.70 for the women's title. She's the reigning Olympic and World Cup moguls champion and season leader.

Miki Ito of Japan was second with 24.92 points, and Montreal's Dufour-Lapointe third with 23.48. Both had better performances in the first round setting up the final six skiers."

It was not easy," said Dufour-Lapoint, who fell during Tuesday's elimination round but took advantage of a second chance to reach the 18-woman final. "I’m so happy about my medal today, but in fact it’s not the medal so much as the path that I took to get it. The path was tough but I made it."

The freestyle world championships continue with the aerials final on Thursday (streaming live on at 8 a.m. ET) and the dual moguls final on Friday (, 8 a.m. ET).

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