(ISN) – Saint-Côme, QC – Mikaël Kingsbury (Deux-Montagnes, QC) and Chloé Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC) have been crowned the 2015 mogul national champions today at Val Saint-Côme Ski Resort in Saint-Côme, QC.
For Kingsbury, it is his sixth national championship and the fourth single moguls title overall. Kingsbury also won the title three consecutive years in a row between 2011-2013 before finishing second to Alex Bilodeau last year.
“Being a national champion is a great honour and a great title to have,” said Kingsbury. “It’s been an extraordinary season with a lot of history and this is a nice way to end it. It wasn’t the easiest of day. It’s a tough course and the conditions weren’t the best. I was really pushed by my teammates though who skied great. I’m happy with the final result.”
Kingsbury won the title with a score of 89.91. With him on the podium was a pair of Olympians in Marc-Antoine Gagnon (Terrebonne, QC), second place – 87.41, and Philippe Marquis (Quebec City, QC) in third place – 86.84.
World Cup teammate Simon Pouliot-Cavanagh (Quebec City, QC) finished in a close fourth place with a score of 84.44.
“You have four guys who are ranked in the top-10 in the world doing their best jumps,” added Kingsbury. “None of us wanted to take it easy here. We’re all super close friends who encourage each other. Competitions like this get us fired up.”
Dufour-Lapointe won her second career national championship and her first in single moguls. Her score of 80.37 was the best of the day for the women.
“This is a great feeling to have,” said Dufour-Lapointe. “It had been a couple of years since I’ve competed in this event so it’s special to win the title today. To be able to do this in front of our Canadian fans and our family out here makes it even more special. It was also fun to compete against provincial team athletes. I remember being their age and competing against the senior athletes. I hope we were able to inspire some of them.”
In second place was sister Maxime Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC) with a score of 79.71. Audrey Robichaud (Quebec City, QC) finished third with 79.27. Justine Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC) finished fourth with a score of 74.92.
“It’s really amazing to be at home to finish up the season and to finish second place at nationals,” said Maxime Dufour-Lapointe. “I felt like I had a really great day of skiing and that I was able to continue to work on the progress I’ve had all season.
The mogul skiers will be back in action tomorrow competing for the dual moguls title. A start list for men and women can be accessed. Qualifiers are tentatively scheduled for 9:45 a.m.