Mikaël Kingsbury 3 for 3 in early season momentum


Mikaël Kingsbury has bagged his third win in as many starts in the FIS World Cup 2018-19 season, coming in first in the dual mogul event in China.

After emerging on top with a second season win in the single mogul competition – despite battling a stomach bug – on Saturday in Thaiwoo, Kingsbury skied his way once again to victory in the dual moguls on Sunday, edging out Swedish competitor Oskar Elofsson in the finals.

The Deux-Montagnes native took the top step of the podium after beating opponents Bradley Wilson in the quarter-finals and Frenchman Benjamin Clavet in the semi-finals. Elofsson took the silver medal on Sunday and Clavet, the bronze.

In the first two duels of the day, Kingsbury prevailed against the American skier Jesse Andringa and Japanese competitor Goshin Fujiki.

With this victory, Kingsbury has won every one of his six races in the space of three years in Thaiwoo, the venue where the Beijing Olympics will be held in 2022.

This is also his eighth straight podium in a mogul event on the World Cup circuit – a streak that goes back to 2016 and includes seven gold medals and one silver.

I was feeling a lot better today when I got up, and I was looking forward to this first dual mogul event of the season. Just being at the top with my opponents was cool,” said Kingsbury after this 52ndcareer World Cup win. “The course was fast today, the snow was hard and I had fast duels with Brad (Wilson) and Ben (Cavet). They forced me to dig deep and do my best. I’m really happy with how I managed my day overall – we were skiing fast, but I had good energy. That allowed me to go get another big victory in dual moguls.”

On the women’s side, Chloé Dufour-Lapointe had the best showing of the Canadian contingent with a seventh-place finish.

Just one leg of the Freestyle Ski World Cup remains before the athletes break for the Christmas holidays. They meet on December 20 to 22 in Secret Garden, China, for a halfpipe event. The next mogul event is on January 11 and 12, 2019, in Calgary, Alberta.


Canadian skiers’ results:

Men: Mikaël Kingsbury (1), Laurent Dumais (10), Kerrian Chunlaud (33), Simon Lemieux (34), Gabriel Dufresne (38), Brenden Kelly (DNF)

Women: Chloé Dufour-Lapointe (7), Sofiane Gagnon (18), Justine Dufour-Lapointe (DNS)