Freestyle Skiing - Kearney, Kingsbury near overall titles in Are

Olympic champion Hannah Kearney bounced back from the disappointment of her first outing in Are to record victory on her second and put herself into pole position for the overall moguls World Cup title.

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Hannah Kearney of the United States (Reuters)

The 27-year-old Olympic champion from Vancouver 2010 finished 14th in the opening freestyle ski moguls event in Sweden, surrendering the overall lead to Justine Dufour-Lapointe who was fifth.

However there was to be no repeat in the dual moguls second time out in Are as defending champion Kearney took victory to retake the lead with just one more round left in Sierra Nevada next week.

Kearney beat Yulia Galysheva in the dual moguls big final for victory while Chloe Dufour-Lapointe defeated American Heather McPhie in the small final for third place.

Justine Dufour-Lapointe had to make do with sixth and now trails overall World Cup leader Kearney by 36 points with McPhie another 28 further adrift in third overall.

Meanwhile the race for the men's title is all but over despite Olympic champion Alexandre Bilodeau taking his second successive victory in Are and third of the season.

Bilodeau, winner of the moguls on Friday, beat Mikael Kingsbury in the dual moguls big final while Bradley Wilson defeated Per Spett for third in the small final.

However, with Kingsbury finishing second, his lead over fellow Canadian Bilodeau at the top of the overall standings remains almost too big to be caught.

Kingsbury, who won the overall freestyle ski and overall moguls World Cup titles last season, leads Bilodeau by 97 points with just one more round left this season.

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