Canadian Olympic gold medalist Mikael Kingsbury of Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec won the silver medal in a World Cup men’s moguls event in Shymbulak, Kazakhstan on Saturday. For Kingsbury, it was his sixth World Cup medal of the season.
Kingsbury posted a second place score of 79.37 points. Ikuma Horishima of Japan won the gold medal with 81.72 points. Walter Wallberg of Sweden won the bronze medal with 78.67 points. Kingsbury reached the podium by 1.34 points over Daichi Hara of Japan, who was in fourth place with a score of 78.03 points.
Kingsbury, who won the gold medal in men’s moguls at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang,won the World Cup men’s moguls standings with 825 points. Horishima was second with 517 points. In seven World Cup men’s moguls events this season, Kingsbury won the gold medal five times. The only other World Cup Kingsbury did not win gold was in Lake Placid, New York on January 18, when he finished fifth. That World Cup was won by Benjamin Cavet of France.
In women’s moguls World Cup on Saturday, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Montreal, Quebec won the bronze medal with 76.64 points. Yulia Galysheva of Kazakhstan won the gold medal with 79.69 points. Perrine Laffont of France won the silver medal with 79.11 points. Dufour-Lapointe, who won a gold medal in women’s moguls at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, reached the podium by 0.83 points over Junko Hoshino of Japan, who was in fourth place with 75.81 points.
Dufour-Lapointe finished in sixth place in the World Cup women’s moguls standings with 303 points. Laffont won the World Cup women’s moguls standings with 780 points. The medals for Dufour-Lapiointe and Kingsbury will give them confidence as they prepare for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.