Mikael Kingsbury wins World Cup gold and bronze in France

Mikael Kingsbury (Clement Bucco-Lechat, Wikimedia Commons)

Canadian Olympic gold medalist Mikael Kingsbury of Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec won the gold medal and bronze medal this weekend at a World Cup moguls event in Alpe d’Huez, France. On Friday, Kingsbury won gold in a men’s moguls event and on Saturday, won bronze in a men’s dual moguls. Meanwhile, a Canadian won his first World Cup medal as Elliot Vaillancourt of Drummondville, Quebec won silver in the men’s moguls event.

On Friday, Kingsbury posted a score of 86 points. Vaillancourt won the silver medal medal with a score of 77.44 points. Ikuma Horishima of Japan won the bronze medal with 77.23 points. Emil Holmgren of Sweden finished in fourth place with 68.92 points. Kingsbury reached the podium by 17.63 points and Vaillancourt reached the podium by 8.52 points.

In the World Cup standings for men’s moguls, Kingsbury leads with 260 points. Horishima in second with 200 points. Vaillancourt is in fifth with 92 points.

In the World Cup dual moguls on Saturday, Walter Wallberg of Sweden won the gold medal and Rasmus Stegfeldt of Sweden won the silver medal. Kingsbury beat Pavel Kolmakov of Kazakhstan 23-12 in the first round, and Benjamin Cavet of France 35-0 in the quarterfinal before losing 19-16 to Wallberg in the semifinals. Kingsbury beat fellow Canadian Louis-David Chalifoux of Toronto, Ontario 35-0 in the small final.

In the World Cup men’s dual moguls standings, Kingsbury and Stegfeldt are tied for first with 160 points. Kingsbury now has won 83 gold medals, 29 silver medals and eight bronze medals for 120 medals.

Kingsbury won the gold medal in men’s moguls at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. The gold and bronze medals for Kingsbury in France will give him confidence as he prepares for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games in Milan/Cortina d’Ampezzo. 


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