Tazawako, Japan – Mikaël Kingsbury (Deux-Montagnes, QC) won the 32nd FIS World Cup of his career today in Tazawako, Japan, during a dual moguls event. Kingsbury defeated American Thomas Rowley by a score of 20-15 to capture the title. Frenchman Benjamin Caven finished third after defeating Dmitriy Reiherd of Kazakhstan 22-13.
It has been an impressive weekend for the 23-year-old Kingsbury who also finished second yesterday in the single moguls event. The victory is Kingsbury’s fourth of the season in eight attempts and his seventh time on the podium overall this season. Dating back to last season, Kingsbury has won 11 of his last 15 World Cups.
Kingsbury was one of three Canadian men to finish in the top-10 today. Philippe Marquis (Quebec City, QC) finished seventh and Laurent Dumais (Quebec City, QC) in ninth.
“I’m thrilled to be back on top of a World Cup. It wasn’t an easy day for me with the draw I had,” said Kingsbury. “There were a few challenges with the course and I had to beat some really good competitors along the way. I really wanted to win yesterday and I didn’t, so I was extra motivated. My confidence kept going up after each dual. I’m happy with the way I dealt with things and that I’ve basically locked up the Crytal Globe.”
Chloé Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC) and Audrey Robichaud (Quebec City, QC) were back on the podium today after finishing second and third, respectively, in the single moguls event yesterday.
This time it was Robichaud grabbing second place after losing a close dual in the finals to Switzerland’s Deborah Scanzio by a score of 19-16. Dufour-Lapointe edged out Kazakhstan’s Yulia Galysheva 20-15 for the final spot on the podium.
“I had a really great day to day to make it to the podium. My training went really well entering the competition and I was consistent all day,” said Robichaud. “I was skiing really well in all my dual matches. The final was a real battle, but I’m happy for Deborah. Making it to the podium twice this weekend is special. I couldn’t be happier and I’m really looking forward to competing in Moscow next week.”
Canadian teammates Alex-Anne Gagnon (Terrebonne, QC) finished sixth, Justine Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC) came in ninth and Penticton, BC’s Andi Naude came in 12th.
“I really pushed myself today and am proud of my performance. It was a really nice day out there with great snow conditions. I think that helped us out a lot,” said Chloé Dufour-Lapointe. “I also gained the yellow bib jersey as the overall leader of the World Cup. That’s a huge accomplishment since I have been fighting a cold all weekend. I had to push through it. I’m proud of myself.”
The team now prepares for the last FIS World Cup of the season taking place in Moscow, Russia, on Saturday, March 5th.