Penticton’s Andi Naude had a 28th place finish in her first run at a Wold Cup moguls skiing event in Japan. Western News file photo

Naude finishes off the podium in Japan

Penticton skier has tough first round in first event since the Olympics

UPDATE:

Canada’s freestyle ski team was back at it in Japan, but this time on the dual moguls course where Penticton’s Andi Naude finished in ninth place.

At the FIS World Cup stop, Naude made it to the round of 16 where she faced off against Laura Grasemann (Germany). Grasemann took the win and eventually moved on to the Small Final where she landed in third place. Australian Britteny Cox finished in second and U.S. skier Tess Johnson was on top of the podium in first.

The top Canadian skier was Chloé Dufour-Lapointe, who finished in sixth place.

Mogul athletes will now head to Airolo, Switzerland for their next dual moguls competition.

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Penticton’s Andi Naude had a tough go on her first run of the ladies world cup freestyle moguls event on the weekend in Tazawako, Japan.

The 22-year-old skier finished in 28th spot out of a field of 30 competitors with 29.19 points.

Related: Naude misses out on Olympic medal

This was Naude’s first event since her disappointing disqualification after leading going into the ladies final of the moguls at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics last month.

One Canadian did make it to the podium after the first round, Justine Dufour-LaPointe finished runner up to Perrine Laffont of France.

On the men’s side in the first round Olympic gold medal winner Mikaël Kingsbury was the top Canadian finisher winding up in second with 89.27 points, just back of winner Ikuma Horishima who had 91.03 points.

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