Reigning gold medalist Hannah Kearney of the United States topped the list of 10 ladies who advanced directly to the women's moguls finals during the Feb. 6 preliminary qualification round at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Kearney, who in addition to being the Olympic champ is also the 2013 FIS World moguls champion, posted a field-best score of 23.05 to secure the opportunity to defend her 2010 title during the Feb. 8 medal round event. Powerhouse sisters Chloe and Justine Dufour-Lapointe finished second and third behind Kearney, with respective total marks of 22.64 and 22.28. Team USA's Eliza Outtrim followed with a score of 21.51, and Perrine Laffont (21.34) of France rounded out the top five qualifiers.
The other ladies who advanced directly to the finals include:
- Yulia Galysheva, Kazakhstan, 21.17
- Aiko Uemura, Japan, 21.01
- Maxime Dufour-Lapointe, Canada, 20.88
- Audrey Robichaud, Canada, 20.61
- Regina Rakhimova, Russia, 20.48
Team USA's Heidi Klosser sustained a knee injury during her run and was carried off the course in a stretcher. The other 19 women who did not initially qualify, including American Heather McPhie, will have another shot at making the medal round event during the second set of qualifiers on Feb. 8 at 6 AM Pacific time. The finals will begin Feb. 8 at 10 AM Pacific.
Opening ceremonies for the 2014 Winter Olympics will take place on Feb. 7.