March 21, 2014, La Plagne, France (ISN) – Alexandre Bilodeau (Rosemère, QC) and Mikaël Kingsbury (Deux Montagnes, QC) have fought their final battle and tonight, Bilodeau was the victor. In the final World Cup race of his career Bilodeau was Golden.
“I couldn’t ask for a better run to finish my career,” said Bilodeau, “my strategy was to have my double-full on top beat Mik’s and make sure I win the turn and jumps, but let him go for the speed. Today it worked. It was a really great duel! I started my career here in France, so it’s great to finish my world Cup career here with this victory.”
“Alex was super clean today,” said his coach Michel Hamelin, (Val Morin, QC) “He got his double full, he got the points for the top and bottom air. We did everything that we could control perfectly. The rest was about waiting for Mikaël to make mistakes, which he does not do all that often.”
Kingsbury might not have won the day, but he has won the year. Despite coming second tonight, he is the 2014 FIS World Cup Mogul Champion, as well as the 2014 Overall FIS Freestyle Champion. This is the third year in a row that he has won these titles and will add two more globes to the five already in his possession.
“Certainly the globe was one of my biggest goals this year,” said Kingsbury, “ as for this being my third in a row, well, I never thought I could be where I am today at this young age, but I still feel my best is yet to come. I’m going to get to a gym and get stronger and bigger. It’s only just begun for me.”
Last weekend, he entered the history books by surpassing Jean-Luc Brassard’s Canadian record of 20 World Cup victories.
On the women’s side, Chloé Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC) came second behind American Hannah Kearney. Kearney’s victory earns her the title of 2014 World Cup Mogul Champion. It is Kearney’s fifth title and fourth in a row. Dufour-Lapointe was elated with her performace. “Tonight’s goal,” said Chloé “ focused on my key word, I didn’t think about the fact that I was skiing the blue course which I hadn’t practiced on, I just wanted to be fast, really fast.” In their duel, Kearney’s time was a mere .01 second faster than Dufour-Lapointe’s.
In third spot tonight was Maxime Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC). The sister no one expected to make the Olympic team, finished 3rd today and fourth overall in the final mogul standings. “Today, I just skied out of my mind. I went with the bold strategy of choosing the line I was least comfortable with, but felt was fastest. I kept my chest tall and proud and went all out. It worked.”
Sochi Gold Medalist Justine Dufour-Lapointe, in the fight of her life to upset Kearney for the Moguls title went a little outside her line, had a momentary weight shift issue and fell out of the course. “It all happened so fast,” explained coach Jean-Paul Richard, “it was such a small technical error, with a bit of a bad weight shift, but that’s all it takes.”
“Yeah, I really wanted it, but second overall,” mused Dufour-Lapointe, “it’s still pretty good. I’m getting closer to Hannah everyday and it’s been a great season. My coaches are great, and we as a country won the Nation’s cup, but now I’m looking forward to doing nationals back on Canadian soil.”
Canada also won the Men’s and Women’s Nation’s Cup in Moguls as well as the Overall Nation’s Cup. “That,” said High performance Director David Mirota, “marks us as the top freestyle Skiing Nation in the World!” A pretty good way to end a phenomenal season.
FULL CANADIAN RESULTS:
2. Chloe Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC)
3. Maxime Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC)
7. Audrey Robichaud (Quebec City, QC)
9. Justine Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC)
11. Andi Naude (Pentiction, BC)
14. Christel Hamel (Montreal, QC)
1.Alex Bilodeau (Rosemere, QC)
2. Mikael Kingsbury (Deux-Montagnes, QC)
6. Marc-Antoine Gagnon (Terrebonne, QC)
10. Philippe Marquis (Quebec City, QC)
13. Pascal-Olivier Gagne (Montreal, QC)
15. Simon Lemieux (Repentigny, QC)
Simon Pouliot-Cavanagh (Quebec City, QC) DNS