16 of ’16: Mikaël Kingsbury wins fifth straight Crystal Globe
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Mikaël Kingsbury remained King of the Hill in 2016, winning his fifth straight crystal globe in moguls at the end of the FIS World Cup season.
However, that victory didn’t come as a surprise to anyone.
Over the past six years Kingsbury has become a force to be reckoned with on the international circuit. When Kingsbury became the youngest crystal globe winner in 2012, he got his first taste of what it meant to be the best male mogul skier and never looked back.
The 2015-16 season was especially sweet for the Sochi 2014 silver medallist. In December Kingsbury broke the record for most World Cup victories, surpassing Edgar Grospiron’s previous mark of 28. The Canadian went on to finish the season winning 12 of 16 World Cup races and his fifth crystal globe.
With a resume jam-packed with success, Kingsbury headed into the 2016-17 season as a mogul legend. At the first World Cup event in Finland the Canadian extended his World Cup winning record to 34.
If 34 victories doesn’t sound impressive on its own, keep in mind that Kingsbury has only competed in 70 World Cup races, which means he’s won almost 50 per cent of the time, and that’s just gold medals. Kingsbury has made a total of 54 World Cup podium appearances and he’s only 24-years-old.
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There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that Kingsbury plans on wrapping up the pre-Olympic season with his sixth straight crystal globe, before going for gold at PyeongChang 2018. With five unreal seasons on his account, we cannot wait to see what the future holds for Kingsbury.