Canadian Mikael Kingsbury repeats as overall freestyle World Cup season champ
Justine Dufour-Lapointe finishes 2nd in women's season standings
Mikael Kingsbury's fourth place finish Friday in the World Cup final in Sierra Nevada, Spain was good enough to earn him the Crystal Globe as season points winner.
Teammate Alex Bilodeau won the competition, which was downgraded from a dual event to a single, with just one run completed due to high winds that reached speeds of up to 126 kilometres per hour.
Kingsbury was fourth today with 23.16 points, only the third time this season he has failed to reach the podium. He won seven competitions this season en route to his second overall title and the discipline title.
"My plan today was to get those three points I needed to win the Globe," the Deux-Montagnes, Que., native said. "I needed to be safe, it would have been stupid to push and try to win. I'm really happy I kept to my plan because it's the perfect way to end the season."
Kingsbury said there will no resting in this critical year leading to the 2014 Sochi Games.
"I'm going to train hard and focus only on my training for the Olympics and doing what I need to win there," he said. "I'm going to get stronger at the gym and do another big step forward."
Bilodeau of Rosemere, Que., finished second in the overall and mogul discipline rankings after achieving his fifth win and 10th podium finish of the season.
The 2010 Vancouver Olympics gold medallist scored 25.31 points on his attempt.
"The weather was changing a lot but we knew that if 30 men could race our one run would count," said Bilodeau, "So I went for it with a big jump on the top to go for the win because I knew it was only a one run competition."
Simon Pouliot-Cavanagh of Quebec City finished third at 23.46, behind American Patrick Deneen (23.48).
"I'm so happy to get my first [World Cup] podium," said Pouliot-Cavanagh. "It was my goal for the season and I knew I could do it as long as I put everything together."
Montreal's Justine Dufour-Lapointe was victimized by the bad weather. Not realizing that her qualification attempt would ultimately be the only jump on the day, the 18-year-old finished fifth.
As a result, she couldn't make a run for the season points crown over former Olympic champion Hannah Kearney of the United States. Kearney — who won on Friday — finished with 731 points, while Dufour-Lapointe ended at 640.
"In duals qualification, placing really means nothing as long as you get in, then anything can happen," said Dufour-Lapointe.
"It's a sad ending [to the season], because I really wanted to keep fighting and have a chance to win the Globe, but I had a great season and finishing second is not bad," she added.
Miki Ito of Japan was second at 22.94 and Heather McPhie of the U.S. won bronze with 22.81.
Chloé Dufour-Lapointe finished sixth today at 21.81, Audrey Robichaud of Quebec City was eighth at 21.62, Maxime Dufour-Lapointe was 11th at 20.89, and Andi Naude of Penticton, B.C. was 13th at 20.51.
Cedric Rochon of St. Sauveur, Que., was fifth in Friday's competition at 23.10, Marc-Antoine Gagnon of Terrebonne, Que., was 11th at 22.04, Philippe Marquis of Quebec City was 14th at 21.86, while Eddie Hicks of Langley, B.C., did not finish.
Gagnon and Chloé Dufour-Lapointe each finished fifth in the season standings.
The moguls team will compete at the Canadian national championships on the final weekend in March in Val St. Come, Que.