Feature photo: Mikael Kingsbury celebrates his World Cup moguls victory in Calgary on January 30, 2016.
Mikaël Kingsbury, Audrey Robichaud and Chloé Dufour-Lapointe each ended the weekend with two FIS World Cup medals, after finding the dual moguls podium on Sunday in Tazawako, Japan.
Kingsbury who finished second in moguls on Saturday, accomplished his mission of defending his dual moguls title, as he claimed his 32nd World Cup career victory. The Canadian won 20-15 over Thomas Rowley of the United States who finished second. While France’s Benjamin Caven claimed bronze, after beating Dmitriy Reiherd of Kazakhstan 22-13.
“I’m thrilled to be back on top of a World Cup. It wasn’t an easy day for me with the draw I had,” said Kingsbury to the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association. “… I really wanted to win yesterday and I didn’t, so I was extra motivated. My confidence kept going up after each dual. I’m happy with the way I dealt with things and that I’ve basically locked up the Crystal Globe.”
Kingsbury has made seven World Cup podiums this season, including four victories. With one event to go, the Canadian holds a commanding lead in the overall FIS World Cup standings, with more than 200 points separating him from second place Matt Graham from Australia.
Robichaud and Dufour-Lapointe also made their way back onto the World Cup podium, reversing their finish from the single moguls event, placing second and third respectively. Switzerland’s Deborad Scanzio won 19-16 over Robichaud to win the title. While Dufour-Lapointe defeated Yulia Galysheva of Kazakhstan 20-15. After an impressive weekend Chloe leads the overall women’s World Cup rankings, with a slight nine point lead over her sister Justine.
Next up, the team will head to Moscow, Russia for the last FIS World Cup stop of the season.