Canadian freestyle king Mikaël Kingsbury crowned World Cup champion

MEGÈVE, France — Canadian freestyle skier Mikaël Kingsbury claimed a 10th Crystal Globe in the men’s moguls event by winning a gold medal at the World Cup final in Megève, France on Friday. Kingsbury, of Deux-Montagnes, Que., scored 86.

MEGÈVE, France — Canadian freestyle skier Mikaël Kingsbury claimed a 10th Crystal Globe in the men’s moguls event by winning a gold medal at the World Cup final in Megève, France on Friday.

Kingsbury, of Deux-Montagnes, Que., scored 86.27 points to narrowly beat Japan’s Ikuma Horishima, his arch-rival all season, by 0.04 points.

Sweden’s Walter Wallberg (85.13) took bronze.

“I’m really happy with this win,” Kingsbury said in a statement. “We’re in a fight to the end for the Crystal Globe. It’s been an uphill battle since the start of the season. I felt the pressure on my last run and wanted to leave it all on the course today. I’m really happy. Tomorrow will be a great day, and there’s still a lot of work to do.

Wallberg won gold in this event at the Beijing Games, while Kingsbury settled for silver and Horishima won bronze.

Kingsbury finished the eighth and final leg of the World Cup singles mogul schedule with a grand total of 672 points in the cumulative standings, 32 ahead of Horishima.

The Canadian won five of the eight events on the tour, with Horishima winning the other three.

Kingsbury has 19 career Crystal Globes, a tally he could add to on Saturday if he wins the dual moguls event.

On the women’s side, Canadian Justine Dufour-Lapointe finished fifth Friday with a score of 80.72 points.

Victory went to France’s Perrine Laffont (86.86), who finished first in the overall singles standings with 610 points, one more than Japan’s Anri Kawamura.

Dufour-Lapointe was the top Canadian overall in 13th place with 155 points. Her sister Chloé finished just behind her with 148 points.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on March 19, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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