The Canadian Moguls Team was off to a great start at the season opener in Ruka, Finland. The Canadian team was led by Mikael Kingsbury, Phil Marquis and Justine Dufour-Lapointe, who all qualified for their respective super finals.
2016 Crystal Globe winner Mikael Kingsbury took charge in the final with a gold-winning performance scoring 84.26 under clear skies.
‘’I woke up this morning and felt really confident and had a great day of training yesterday, which really helped. Heading into the final, I knew I could win with the clean execution of a back-full and a 1080. I was consistent all day, and without really having to push too hard. It feels really good landing that last run without making any mistakes, and winning before Christmas. ‘’
Last season, Mikael surpassed Edgar Grospiron’s record as the most winning men’s moguls athlete, and has clearly built on that momentum as he heads into the Olympic qualifying period and the highly anticipated 2017 season.
Philippe Marquis and Marc-Antoine Gagnon finished 6th and 10th respectively. Unfortunately, Philippe lost control during his run in the super final, but is more than capable of finding himself on the podium.
‘’The last three days I felt as I did prior to my injury, I was confident and my training was going well.’’ explained Marc-Antoine, who made his official return to competition today. Considering what I went through in the last year, knowing that I was mentally ready, it’s fun. I’m really happy with the progress I’ve made in the last year…I’m excited for the next race in Lake Placid, as it’s a course that I’ve always enjoyed and where I’ve found success. ‘’
Justine Dufour-Lapointe led the Canadian women as she combined her technical aerial manoeuvres, incredible speed and amplitude. She found herself in the super final and fell just short of the podium in 5th place.
‘’ I’m a little disappointed with the result today, I would have loved to be in another position than fifth, but I’m still very proud as I pushed myself during each run. It wasn’t necessarily easy, because the course was quite simple, you really had to maximize your speed and amplitude. On the last run I pushed my limits, and for that I’m really proud. ‘’
Maxime Dufour-Lapointe, Audrey Robichaud and Chloé Dufour-Lapointe landed within the top 10, finishing 8th, 9th and 10th respectively.