At only 22, Mikaël Kingsbury could tie a major World Cup record this weekend

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At only 22, Mikaël Kingsbury could tie a major World Cup record this weekend

Moguls skier Mikaël Kingsbury could equal the all-time FIS World Cup wins record this weekend in Tazawako, Japan.

The 22-year-old phenom has 26 World Cup victories in only 58 World Cup starts. The current record of 28 is held by France’s Edgar Grospiron, the 1992 Olympic champion (Albertville) and three-time Olympic medallist.


If Kingsbury wins both the mogul and dual moguls events he will tie the record, and have out-paced the Frenchman since Grospiron earned his 28 World Cup victories over 78 starts. However dual moguls didn’t happen in Grospiron’s day and he finished his World Cup career with 57 podiums over 80 starts. At the moment Kingsbury has won 44 World Cup medals in 58 opportunities.

RELATED:Mikaël Kingsbury jumps past Brassard for all-time wins 

Mikaël Kingbury's most recent win was February 7, 2015 in Val St. Come, Que.

Mikaël Kingbury’s most recent win was February 7, 2015 in Val St. Come, Que.

“I’ve had a pretty good season so far and am hoping to keep the momentum going this week and beyond,” said Kingsbury in a Canadian Freestyle Ski Association release, “I’ve always enjoyed skiing in Japan and I’m looking forward to setting the bar high for myself. Our team is looking ready and prepared to compete.”

Kingsbury does seem comfortable in Japan. In the previous three seasons, at various World Cups in Japan, he has five medals in six starts with three of them gold.

RELATED:Kingsbury continues to dominate World Cup circuit 

Also, heading into Tazawako, Kingsbury holds a World Cup win-streak of five, one short of his personal record of six-straight, which he coincidentally reached in Naeba, Japan during the 2011-12 season. The native of Deux-Montagnes, QC is leading the World Cup standings with 529 points, Alexandr Smyshlyaev of Russia is the current runner-up at 281. Philippe Marquis is in the third spot with 265 points and will also compete in Tazawako along with men’s teammates Marc-Antoine Gagnon, Simon Pouliot-Cavanagh, Kerrian Chunlaud, and Luke Ulsifer.

Audrey Robichaud during a training run at Sochi 2014.

Audrey Robichaud during a training run at Sochi 2014.

During Saturday’s mogul competition, Audrey Robichaud will hit the century-mark for World Cup mogul appearances, the first-ever Canadian woman to do so. The 26-year-old began her World Cup career in 2005 and is currently fourth in the standings. She will be joined by Justine and Chloé Dufour-Lapointe, ranked second and third respectively. In fact, Canadians occupy the fifth and sixth spots as well, with Andi Naude and Maxime Dufour-Lapointe respectively who will both also be part of Canada’s contingent. Christel Hamel and Alex-Anne Gagnon round out the team.

Moguls are Saturday and Dual Moguls are Sunday.

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