Mikael Kingsbury has historic World Cup moguls performance in Japan

Mikael Kingsbury (Clement Bucco-Lechat, Wikimedia Commons)

Canadian Olympic gold medalist Mikael Kingsbury of Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec won the gold medal in a men’s World Cup moguls competition in Tazawako, Japan on Saturday. The performance was historic because Kingsbury became the first skier ever to completely execute the cork 1440 in World Cup competition.

The World Cup moguls competition was also significant because Kingsbury was joined on the podium with Philippe Marquis of Quebec City, Quebec, who won silver. Kingsbury posted a winning score of 86.7 points, with Marquis posting a second place finish score of 83.67. Bradley Wilson of the United States won the bronze medal with a score of 80.47 points.

Kingsbury reached the podium by 7.46 points over Daichi Hara of Japan, who was in fourth place with a score of 79.24 points. Marquis reached the podium by 4.43 points.

Heading into the final World Cup men’s moguls competition of the season in Shymbulak, Kazakhstan on March 2, Kingsbury leads the World Cup standings with 933 points. He has 418 more points than Ben Cavet of France, who is in second place with 515 points. Marquis is in 10th place with 200 points.

For Kingsbury, it was his fifth World Cup win of the season. He also won in Ruka, Finland on December 7, Thaiwoo, China on December 15, Calgary, Alberta on January 12 and Mont Tremblant, Quebec on January 26. For Marquis, it was his ninth career World Cup medal and first since winning silver behind Kingsbury at a World Cup moguls competition in Tazawako on February 18, 2017.

Kingsbury won the Olympic gold medal in men’s moguls at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. He also won the silver medal in men’s moguls at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. The medals for Kingsbury and Marquis will boost their confidence as they prepare for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. 

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