Mikaël Kingsbury wins gold in dual moguls in his first event since the Beijing Olympics
Mikaël Kingsbury of Deux-Montagnes, Que., got his revenge on Walter Wallberg, knocking down the 2022 Olympic moguls champion to win Saturday’s World Cup doubles event in Valmalenco, Italy.
It was Kingsbury’s first run since winning silver in moguls at the Beijing Winter Games last month to become the first male freestyle skier to win three Olympic medals.
The 2018 Olympic gold medalist amassed 82.18 points in his Feb. 5 performance in China, behind Sweden’s Wallberg, who scored 83.23 at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou, China, for his first major victory on the senior circuit.
Kingsbury, 29, was trying to become the second male mogul skier to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals after fellow Canadian Alex Bilodeau achieved the feat in 2010 and 2014.
WATCH | Kingsbury takes the silver medal in moguls at the Beijing Olympics:
Kingsbury’s win on Saturday was their fifth of the season and their 72nd on the World Cup circuit in 102 competitions. He is trying to win a 10th straight Crystal Globe as the season winner.
Japan’s Ikuma Horishima, a friend of Kingsbury who won Olympic bronze last month, finished second on Saturday following a crash after landing his first jump in the final.
WATCH | Kingsbury has an insatiable appetite to win:
Canadian Moffatt wins silver in Slopestyle in France
Elsewhere on Saturday, Max Moffatt of Caledon, Ont., won a silver medal in slopestyle in unusual circumstances in Tignes, France.
Due to high winds, event organizers were forced to cancel the final and the 23-year-old clinched his second silver medal of the season with a strong qualifying run.
“Unfortunately it was very windy today and it wasn’t safe to ski. It wasn’t really how I had hoped to win a medal this weekend, but that’s how it is” , said Moffatt, who scored 87.25. in Thursday’s qualifying, said Freestyle Canada.
“Everyone would have preferred to ski, but the health and safety of the athletes was the top priority, so it was the right decision.”
Birk Ruud of Norway won the competition with a qualifying score of 88.50 points, while Sweden’s Jesper Tjader placed third (86.00).
Four other Canadians participated, led by Bruce Oldham of Parry Sound, Ont., who placed 16th. Mark Hendrickson of Calgary (18th), Dylan Deschamps of Quebec (36th) and Philippe Langevin of Mont-Tremblant, Que. (41st) were the others, while Evan McEachran of Oakville, Ont., did not compete.
Saturday’s women’s final and Friday’s qualifiers were canceled, meaning Megan Oldham (Parry Sound) and Olivia Asselin (Lévis, Que.) also did not compete.
The final World Cup of the slopestyle season is scheduled for March 24-26 in Silvaplana, Switzerland.
“It’s always nice to end the season in Switzerland. The course and the jumps are spectacular,” said Moffatt. “The stakes will be high.”