Frenchwoman Perrine Laffont won the mogul skiing World Cup competition in Deer Valley (United States) on Thursday, five days after her victory in Mont Tremblant (Canada).
With 80,20 points in the six-man final, Laffont narrowly edged out Japanese Anri Kawamura (80, 03) and the Australian Jakara Anthony (79,84), who had nevertheless shown herself to be dominating in qualifying and during the first run of the final.
Laffont takes the yellow bib of the leader of the World Cup and gains confidence just three weeks before the Beijing Olympics (4-20 February).
With her 24th victory on the world circuit, the 3rd this season, the Olympic champion in title returns to the heights after a difficult start to the season marked by less good results than usual, and by a heavy fall in Alpe d’Huez in December.
The skiers continue with a second competition tition Friday in Deer Valley, the last before the Olympics.
No Frenchman qualified for the men’s final marked by the frightening accident of the American George McQuinn.
During the six-man final, the 23 year-old skier presented himself unbalanced on one of the two jumps and hit the springboard violently with the back of the head, flying apparently inanimate several meters and falling violently on the track which he continued to descend on his stomach, inert.
McQuinn was evacuated on a stretcher a few minutes later, under the worried gaze of the spectators and his competitors.
Canadian Mikael Kingsbury then won.