Photo Credit Dan Huerlimann
(ISN) – Deer Valley, UT – Mikaël Kingsbury continued to prove why he is regarded as the best mogul skier in the world today by finishing in first place at the 2015 FIS Freestyle World Cup in Deer Valley.
The victory was the 23rd of the yellow bib holder’s career. Kingsbury won with an impressive score of 90.25 and thus became the first person to score in the 90s this season.
Immediately following Kingsbury on the podium was Australian Matt Graham with a score of 85.49 and American Patrick Deneen with an 85.07. Canadian teammate Philippe Marquis also made the super final, but was unable to finish the competition after losing control during his run.
“I felt great today,” said Kingsbury, after this second straight World Cup victory. “Although this morning the courses was really difficult and I didn’t feel like I had the best training. I was really able to improve throughout the day. The scores of the other competitors were high and that pushed me to not make any errors on my runs. I knew I needed to be fast. I was able to put it all together. I think it was one of my better performances in my career.”
Also reaching the podium for the second straight World Cup together were sisters Justine and Chloé Dufour-Lapointe who finished second and third respectively. American KC Oakley won the event with a score of 82.53, Justine finished with 79.46 and Chloé 79.28. Eldest sister Maxime also made the super final and finished in 5th place after scoring a 77.15.
Photo Credit Dan Huerlimann
“I’m very proud of my skiing today and feel like I’m improving,” said Justine Dufour-Lapointe. “I made a small error on my 360. I didn’t pick up enough speed and I think that cost me the victory. I feel pretty good about the day though and it’s going to motivate me to go hard in the dual moguls event tomorrow. Overall I’m really happy with how I skied. Deer Valley has always been a great challenge both physically and mentally.”
“I’m happy with this third place finish,” said Chloé Dufour-Lapointe, who is now the yellow bib holder for the women. “The course wasn’t looking great this morning, but they managed to fix it and we were able to pick up the proper speed that we couldn’t achieve in training. I’m thrilled about getting the yellow bib too. It doesn’t change my goals for the year, but it’s a great confidence boost at this point in the season.”
The Dufour-Lapointe sisters achieved a milestone by finishing 1-2-3 after qualifications for the first time. Maxime led the way and Chloé and Justine right behind her.
“We were really excited when we saw that in qualifications,” said Justine Dufour-Lapointe. “Even more so when we realized we finished from oldest to youngest. The opportunity for a sweep was there. If we are able to do this during qualifiers, I think we can one day do the same in the finals.”
“We were pretty close to doing something pretty unique,” said Maxime Dufour-Lapointe. “I think it’s a good sign that we are getting there and that it’s possible. From my end, I’m very pleased with how the day went. I learned a lot and I am on a good path.”
The Canadians will push the reset button tomorrow and get ready for the dual moguls event in Deer Valley.
|2015 Deer Valley Results|
|Canadian Men||Canadian Women|
|Mikaël Kingsbury (Deux-Montagnes, QC) — 1st||Justine Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC) — 2nd|
|Philippe Marquis (Québec, QC) — 6th||Chloé Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC) — 3rd|
|Marc-Antoine Gagnon (Terrebonne, QC) — 7th||Maxime Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC) — 5th|
|Simon Pouliot-Cavanagh (Québec City, QC) — 11th||Audrey Robichaud (Quebec City, QC) — 7th|
|Kerrian Chunlaud (Ste-Foy, QC) — 27th||Andi Naude (Penticton, BC) — 11th|
|Laurent Dumais (Quebec City, QC) — DNF||Christel Hamel (Montreal, QC) — 24th|
|Luke Ulsifer (Calgary, AB) — DNF|