American Hannah Kearney posted the top score in the women's moguls qualifier on Thursday at the 2014 Olympics.

Kearney is trying to repeat as Olympic champion, having captured gold in the event four years ago in Vancouver. She took top honors Thursday with a score of 23.05 and qualified directly into Saturday's final with the next nine finishers from Thursday.

Canadian sisters Chloe and Justine Dufour-Lapointe qualified second and third on Thursday. Chloe finished with a score of 22.64, followed by Justine's 22.28. Another sister, Maxime, had the eighth-best score Thursday and advanced to the final.

American Eliza Outtrim was fourth at 21.51, while France's Perrine Laffont, Kazakhstan's Yulia Galysheva, Japan's Aiko Uemura, Canadian Audrey Robichaud and Russian Regina Rakhimova also qualified for Saturday's final.

The remaining 20 competitors will have a second qualifying run on Saturday prior to the three-round, knockout-style final.

American Heidi Kloser, considered a medal contender, was hurt during a training run and did not make an attempt on Thursday. She could still try to qualify again on Saturday.

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