NEWS
02/19/2012 02:39 EST | Updated 04/19/2012 05:12 EDT

Robichaud ends Kearney's winning streak with dual moguls victory in Japan

NAEBA, Japan - Canada's Audrey Robichaud has put an end to American star Hannah Kearney's impressive winning streak, and perhaps started one of her own.

Robichaud, from Quebec City, beat Kearney in the woman's dual moguls semifinal at an FIS World Cup event Sunday. Robichaud then topped Japan's Aiko Uemura in the final for her first World Cup victory.

That ended Kearney's all-discipline record for consecutive FIS World Cup victories at 16.

"I can't believe I won," a thrilled Robichaud said after the final. "I tried to be really strong out of the gate, and just be consistent in my jumps as well and try to be the first one at the bottom of the course so ... yeah, crazy!"

Robichaud finished second to Kearney in the single moguls event on Saturday. She is rebounding from a back injury that caused her to miss most of the team's off-season training

Kearney finished fourth behind Japan's Miki Ito.

Kearney, from Norwich, Vt., broke downhill great Ingemar Stenmark's record of 14 — set in the giant slalom in 1978-80 — last week in China and won again Saturday in Naeba.

Kearney's streak began in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Jan. 22, 2011.

Other Canadian women who advanced to finals included Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Montreal, who finished fifth after losing a dual to Ito. Chloe Dufour-Lapointe was ninth; Chelsea Henitiuk of Spruce Grove, Alta., was 12th and Alexandra Dufresne of Lorraine, Que. was 15th.

American Patrick Deneen won the men's event, beating World Cup leader Mikael Kingsbury of Deux-Montagnes, Que., in the final. Philippe Marquis of Quebec City was third.

"He's definitely one of the fastest in dual moguls," Kingsbury said of Deneen. "I made some mistakes just before my bottom air on my finals run. We were going pretty fast and I saw Patrick out of the corner of my eye so I pushed it just a little too hard. But I heard it was pretty close."

Marquis had a difficult trip to the podium, going up against teammates Cedric Rochon of St. Sauveur, Que. and Kingsbury. Rochon followed his third place victory in single moguls Saturday with a 13th-place finish.

"Going against Cedric in the first round, both of us were in our bubble, like we were going against anyone," Marquis said. "But against Mik I was less stressed, we said good luck to each other at the top and bumped fists."

Eddie Hicks of Langley, B.C. was sixth after besting Finland's Ville Miettunen in the round of 16 and then losing to Kingsbury. Marc-Antoine Gagnon of Terrebonne, Que., was seventh after beating Sweden's Per Spett in the first round and then losing to Deneen in the quarter-finals.

The Canadian team will take the next week off — "to heal cuts and bruises" Marquis said — before heading to Sochi, Russia, to try out the track that will be used for the 2014 Winter Games.

— With files from The Associated Press.