Mogul skiing: second consecutive victory for Laffont

Frenchwoman Perrine Laffont won the World Cup mogul skiing 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, Perrine Laffont narrowly edged out the Japanese Anri Kawamura (84,03) and l ‘Australian Jakara Anthony (79,80 ), who had nevertheless shown herself to be dominant in qualifying and during the first run of the final. Laffont grabs the yellow bib as leader of the World Cup and garners confidence just three weeks before the Olympic Games 2022 from Beijing (4-20 February).With her 19e victory on the world circuit, the third this season, the Olympic champion in title regains 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.

A worrying fall for McQuinn

The skiers continue with a second competition on 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 19 year-old skier presented himself unbalanced on one of the two jumps and hit the springboard violently with the back of his head, apparently flying several meters inanimate and falling violently on the track which he continued to descend flat on his stomach, inert.

McQuinn was evacuated on a stretcher a few minutes later, under the worried eyes of the spectators and his competitors. The Canadian Mikaël Kingsbury then won.

Mathieu Idiart with AFP Journalist RMC Sport