Tuesday, Mikaël Kingsbury became the first freestyle athlete to win the Lou Marsh Memorial Trophy when he was named Canada’s top athlete as the recipient of the pan-Canadian award handed out annually since 1936.
“It is a great honour to receive this award. I have the greatest respect for the extraordinary athletes who have received it before me,” stated Mikaël Kingsbury. “It is with immense pride and much humility that I accept this award, which has paid tribute to numerous Olympians that have left their mark on the history of the Olympic Games and the world of Olympic sport.”
“I have enjoyed a dream year, marked by both solid World Cup performances and a victory at the Olympic Games,” added Kingsbury. “I would like to thank the media representatives who were part of the jury for the Lou Marsh Trophy, and also the journalists in general and all those involved in covering freestyle skiing over the years.”
“Winning the Lou Marsh Trophy is an outstanding achievement, and Mikaël fully deserves it,” declared Peter Judge, Chief Executive Officer of Freestyle Canada. “His relentless work, his commitment to his sport, his innovative thinking, but especially his passion for freestyle skiing make him an exceptional athlete.”
Kingsbury was awarded the Lou Marsh Trophy after a year 2018 during which he dominated in his discipline, mogul skiing.
The 26-year-old athlete was also crowned Olympic champion in mogul skiing at the 2018 Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, which was the second Olympic medal of his career.
He concluded the 2017-18 Freestyle FIS World Cup season with 10 podium finishes in 10 races, including seven gold and three silver medals, which earned him both crystal globes – the moguls globe and the overall globe in freestyle skiing – and that is, for the seventh straight year.
The freestyle skier from Deux-Montagnes earned 940 points in his discipline’s standings, extending his lead ahead of his closest rivals, Dmitry Reikherd of Kazakhstan (585 points) and the Japanese Ikuma Horishima (441). In the overall standings, Kingsbury finished ahead of American Alex Ferreira, a half-pipe athlete.
Last Friday in Ruka, Finland, at the first mogul event of the 2018-19 World Cup season, Kingsbury secured his 50thcareer victory – and his 74thmedal – on the FIS circuit, which he joined in 2010. He is thus the freestyle skier with the most World Cup career victories, all disciplines combined.
“Underlying all these results, there is one thing that drives me: passion. I love what I do, and it is what pushes me to continually improve. I am so grateful to be able to practise my sport at this level,” added Kingsbury. “I would like to thank Freestyle Canada, that gives me the chance to do so, and also all those around me who are part of the national team: my teammates, coaches, and all support staff members.”
Kingsbury is currently abroad training for the next World Cup event, scheduled for December 15 and 16 in Thaiwoo, China.