Mikael Kingsbury of Sainte-Agathe-Des-Monts, Quebec won a World Cup moguls gold medal in Deer Valley, Utah on Wednesday. For Kingsbury, it was his fifth World Cup win of the 2018 Freestyle Skiing Season.
Kingsbury had 87.33 points. Sho Endo of Japan won the silver medal with 84.44 points. Bradley Wilson of the United States won the bronze medal with 82.61 points. Kingsbury reached the podium by 5.65 points over Benjamin Cavet of France.
It is fair to say that Kingsbury is Canada’s best chance for a gold medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. Unfortunately, it is highly unlikely he will carry the flag for Canada in the opening ceremonies. That is because men’s moguls qualification is set for the same day of the opening ceremonies (February 9) with the men’s final set for February 12.
Kingsbury now has 500 World Cup points and has a commanding lead over Dmitriy Reikherd of Kazakhstan who is in second place with 280 points. Matt Graham of Australia is in third place with 220 points.
There are two more World Cups in men’s moguls before the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. There is a second World Cup under the lights in Deer Valley, Utah on Thursday, and then a World Cup on Canadian soil in Tremblant, Quebec on January 20. Kingsbury won a World Cup moguls earlier this month in Calgary.