Laffont, 19, Wins France's First Gold in Women's Moguls

Justine Dufour-Lapointe

Just 19 years of age and competing in her first Winter Olympics, Laffont marked the occasion with a maiden gold in the moguls after placing sixth in Final 1 and third in Final 2. For that she was put into the gold medal position with a score of 78.56 and three skiers to go.

Dufour-Lapointe, standing at the bottom of the course to watch Naude attempt her final run, gave her teammate a long hug after her Olympic dream died halfway down the mountain.

Kazakhstan's Yulia Galysheva, who managed a score of 77.40 points, won the bronze medal. The 23-year-old Canadian from Montreal scored 78.56, edged only by Lafont's 78.65 score. I would have loved to give her a thousand hugs and a thousand kisses.

"I skied like a real tigress".

Perrine Laffont claimed France's first Olympic gold medal of Pyeongchang 2018 after holding off Canada's defending champion Justine Dufour-Lapointe to win the women's moguls event at Phoenix Park.

Justine Dufour-Lapointe recreates her iconic celebration from Sochi after earning the silver medal in the women's moguls at the Phoenix Snow Park on February 11, 2018.

She is now in remission, and will undergo a new series of tests upon her return home.

"I did not miss a thing, and that was, for me, the only thing that I was proud of", Dufour-Lapointe said. "This was one of the most hard years of my life, so no, I don't want to be disappointed".

Naude earned the right to go last in the super final.

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Another Canadian, Andi Naude, reached the final six, but did not complete her final run.

Dufour-Lapointe's sister Chloe, who sneaked into the final with an eighth place finish in the second round of qualifying, failed to progress.

Dufour-Lapointe was all smiles, having backed up her gold medal in the same event in Sochi with another medal here, this one in a year in which she and her sisters, Chloe and Maxime, have struggled to find their world-class form and in which their mother has battled cancer.

"It's only me who decides what happens next'". I need to think of myself in order to come back stronger.

"It is not easy to express the emotions", she told reporters.

She said she hadn't decided yet if she would end her season and would discuss the matter with her trainers in the following days.

"Obviously I threw a couple of nerves in that", Naude said.

"I was one of the very few women throwing it out here today", she said of the back-full.

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