Canadians land three of six moguls podiums at the FIS World Cup in Tazawako, Japan on February 27, 2016. (Photo: Hiroyuki Sato)
Canadian mogulists stole three podium spots – two silver and a bronze – at the FIS World Cup in Tazawako, Japan on Saturday.
Olympic silver medallist Chloé Dufour-Lapointe, led the women’s team with a silver medal, after scoring 78.06 points. The Canadian finished just behind Perrine Laffont of France who scored 78.91 and ahead of Sochi 2014 teammate Audrey Robichaud, who scored 77.83 points to repeat her third place performance from last year.
Canadian Andi Naude finished fifth with a score of 74.96. Although Chloé was the only Dufour-Lapointe to make Saturday’s final, she continues to trail behind her sister Justine, the current leader in the overall World Cup standings.
Mikaël Kingsbury, the all-time leader in World Cup wins, went into the competition looking to defend his title from the previous year. Despite leading the field after qualification, the Canadian finished second just behind Bradley Wilson of the United States. Wilson scored 86.14 points to Kingsbury’s 86.09, to win the competition.
“I think I could have done a little more in the finals to win the competition. Overall the day was really good and I look forward to another chance at winning a World Cup tomorrow when I can come back and defend my dual moguls title from last year.” Kingsbury told the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association.
Australian Matt Graham finished third with a score of 83.05, while Philippe Marquis the only other Canadian finalists, placed fifth. Kingsbury continues to be the clear leader in the men’s World Cup standings with 505 points.
Next up, the Canadians will compete in dual moguls – a head to head elimination competition – on Sunday.