Cole Hofstra Canadian Freestyle Ski

(ISN) – Calgary, AB – History was made today at the 2015 Freestyle Ski World Cup, presented by Difference Capital at Winsport Canada’s Canada Olympic Park. Mikaël Kingsbury (Deux-Montagnes, QC) won his fifth consecutive moguls title in Calgary in impressive fashion after scoring an 85.78.

Right behind Kingsbury in second place was teammate Simon Pouliot-Cavanagh (Quebec City, QC) winning his second career World Cup podium for the best result of his career. Pouliot-Cavanagh finished with a score of 82.98. Japan’s Sho Endo finished in third with a score of 82.47.

“I had a really great day and really followed our plan,” said Kingsbury. “I knew I had to be intelligent with my skiing. For me it’s five straight victories here and I’m super happy because the conditions weren’t great. I’d like to mention how great Simon skied too. It was a great day for him and our team. Our coaches really prepared us well for this competition”

“To get my best result ever in Calgary is great,” said Pouliot-Cavanagh. “It’s a tough course and I performed well. I kept my intensity up and skied very well throughout the entire day. I could not ask for more to start the year this way. I’m super happy about how things went and to be on the podium with Mik. Our team really challenges each other. Really any of us has a shot and finishing in the top-three. It’s exciting.”

On the women’s side, Canada grabbed second and third place respectively thanks to Montreal native Chloé Dufour-Lapointe (82.45) and her sister Justine (80.93). Andi Naude (Penticton, BC) finished right off the podium in fourth place with a score of 79.12. American Hannah Kearney finished in first after scoring an 83.76.

“I’m super happy about my performance today,” said Chloé. “It was freezing outside, but we did our best to stay warm and compete well. It was still beautiful here and Calgary always challenges us with a great course. I think we adapted well and it ended up being a great day.”

“I tried to ski with a lot of intensity while working on my technique,” said Justine. “I was aggressive on a very challenging course. I’m pleased with my day though and it was super special sharing the podium with my sister once again. I’m proud of us and about how we skied.”

Each Canadian podium finisher received the Sarah Burke Award which includes a $5000 cash prize courtesy of Winsport Canada.

Qualification Round

A total of 49 male skiers competed for 16 spots in Final 1. Kingsbury (second), Terrebonne, QC’s Marc-Antoine Gagnon (fourth) and Pouliot-Cavanagh (eighth) qualified for the Canadians.

Kingsbury and Pouliot-Cavanagh finished first and second in Final 1 to qualify for the super final and an opportunity to podium. Gagnon finished in eleventh place. Only the top-6 moved on.

The other Canadian men competing were Kerrian Chunlaud (Ste-Foy, QC), Luke Ulsifer (Calgary, AB), Laurent Dumais (Quebec City, QC), Jordan Kober (Penticton, BC), Brenden Kelly (Pemberton, BC) and Philippe Marquis (Quebec City, QC).

On the women’s side, 39 women competed for only 16 spots in Final 1. Canada qualified five women with Chloé finishing second, Justine in third, Naude fourth, Maxime Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC) sixth and Audrey Robichaud (Quebec City, QC) in 11th.

Justine Dufour-Lapointe, Chloé Dufour-Lapointe and Andi Naude qualified for the super final after finishing in the top-6 of Final 1. Chloé came in second, Justine in third and Naude in fifth. Robichaud and Maxime finished in seventh and eighth place respectively.

Canada had five other women competing in Calgary. They were Christel Hamel (Montreal, QC), Julie Bergeron (Trois-Rivière, QC), Alex-Anne Gagnon (Terrebonne, QC), Clare Lambert (Calgary, AB) and Myriam Leclerc (Pierrefonds, QC).

The competition had 15 nations represented and a total of 88 athletes.