Mikael Kingsbury wins 50th World Cup moguls competition

Mikael Kingsbury (Clement Bucco-Lechat, Wikimedia Commons)

Canadian Olympic gold medalist Mikael Kingsbury of Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec won the gold medal on Friday at a World Cup men’s moguls competition in Ruka, Finland.He now has a record 50 World Cup gold medals throughout his remarkable men’s moguls career.

Kingsbury posted a score of 88.14 points. Benjamin Cavet of France won the silver medal with 86.45 points. Walter Wallberg of Sweden won the bronze medal with 82.38 points.

Kingsbury reached the podium by 6.18 points. Jimi Salonen of Finland finished in fourth place with a score of 81.96 points.

Of Kingsbury’s 50 World Cup men’s moguls wins, seven have come in Ruka. He won the gold medal in men’s moguls in Ruka in 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Kingsbury also won the gold medal in men’s dual moguls in 2012 and 2015. However it should be noted that only men’s moguls, and not men’s dual moguls are on the Olympic program. Speaking of the Olympic Winter Games, Kingsbury won the gold medal in men’s moguls at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang,¬†silver medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, and could represent Canada again at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.¬†

There is a chance that this will be the first of two times this week that Kingsbury makes the national sports headlines. On Tuesday, the Lou Marsh Trophy winner will be announced and there is speculation that the Canadian athlete of the year for 2018 could just be Kingsbury.

This was the first of seven World Cup men’s moguls competitions this year. The next will be in Thaiwoo, China on December 15. There will be two World Cup men’s moguls competitions in Canada in January. Calgary, Alberta will be the host on January 12 and Mont-Tremblant, Quebec will be the host on January 26.

 

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