Mikaël Kingsbury jumps past Brassard for all-time wins
Sochi silver medallist Mikaël Kingsbury now has the most-ever World Cup moguls victories for a Canadian man.
His 21st win came in the dual event at Voss-Myrkdalen, Norway eclipsing Lillehammer Olympic gold medallist Jean-Luc Brassard’s tally of 20.
As it has been all season, Kingsbury was head-to-head with fellow Canadian Alex Bilodeau and needed a great run to beat him, “Alex wasn’t going to give me anything, and I can’t really remember my run. I kind of blacked out and just go into skiing mode so I didn’t really think about breaking the record, until the end. It’s a bit crazy because Jean-Luc has been an inspiration to me every since I was tiny and remember watching him do World Cups. He has given so much to our sport and team, especially as part of the Olympic team in Sochi last month. He is just amazing, and I can’t wait to talk with him,” said Kingsbury.
Kingsbury now has 38 World Cup podiums in just four seasons. To compare, two-time Olympic champion Alex Bilodeau has 47 in nine seasons. Sochi assistant Chef de Mission Brassard was excited after the race, “In four years, it’s like Wayne Gretzky breaking records at such a young age. I’m proud to have Mikaël take up the reigns. Our sport needs new faces, new stories and people that will help keep it in the spotlight. I’m super happy for him, the team and the sport I love,” said Brassard.
Alex Bilodeau tweeted his congratulations after the race:
Kingsbury is still chasing all-time Canadian leader Jennifer Heil, who has 25 World Cup victories.