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Mikael Kingsbury among Canadian skiers hoping to repeat World Cup dominance in Calgary

Canadian mogul skiers are look to duplicate their World Cup success from last weekend's women's podium sweep and Mikael Kingsbury's gold-medal performance as they compete in Calgary on Saturday.

Dufour-Lapointe sisters recently swept podium

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He's gone where no man has gone before in moguls skiing with time to push the envelope even further.

The winningest man in World Cup moguls before his 24th birthday, Canada's Mikael Kingsbury is contemplating what other history he can make in his sport.

"I want to be known maybe one day as one of the greatest in my sport," Kingsbury said Wednesday upon arrival in Calgary.

"Getting all the records, maybe one day they won't be beatable because I am still young and I've had a pretty good career so far. I know I haven't reached my peak potential in my sport."

The skier from Deux-Montagnes, Que., has won the overall World Cup men's moguls title four straight years. Kingsbury heads into Saturday's competition at Canada Olympic Park wearing the leader's yellow bib after two victories to open his 2015-16 campaign.

He set a record for consecutive wins last season with seven.

Kingsbury established a new benchmark for all-time moguls wins with his 29th in December and added another last week in Val Saint-Come, Que. The previous high of 28 had been held by Frenchman Edgar Grospiron since 1995.

Five of Kingsbury's 30 World Cup victories were earned in Calgary. He's won every year at COP since 2011.

"For sure, it's the place where I have won the most in the career. I want to continue winning here," Kingsbury said.

Canadians look to extend recent success

He leads a host moguls squad looking to duplicate in Calgary their dominant performance in Quebec.

Canadians won five of six available medals in Val Saint-Come with Kingsbury posting his best score ever to claim men's gold. Laurent Dumais of Quebec City earned bronze for his first World Cup medal.

The Dufour-Lapointe sisters from Montreal — Justine, Chloe and Maxime — swept the women's podium in that order.

"We proved we're still the strongest country with the performance of the sisters and the performance of Laurent Dumais, who did his first ever World Cup podium," Kingsbury said. 

"For me, having my highest score ever, it was just unbelievable. Hopefully we'll be able to do that again here. We like to compete on home soil. We are from Quebec, but being back here in Calgary, it's still our country and we're here to compete at our best again."

Dufour-Lapointe sisters recently swept podium

Justine and Chloe provided a touching tableau for photographers at the 2014 Sochi Olympics when they held hands prior to stepping on the podium — Justine for gold and Chloe for silver.

They've shared the podium in Calgary three straight years. Justine won gold in 2013 and 2014 and bronze last year. Chloe is on a three-year run of silver at COP.

The possibility of Dufour-Lapointes blanketing a podium materialized when Maxime, the eldest at 26, joined them in a super final for the first time in Val Saint-Come. The trio made it the first Canadian sweep of women's World Cup moguls.

"The only thing that's new is we know it's possible," Maxime said. "We've done it and we know it can happen. It was actually a really big experience. If this situation happens again, the thought may cross our minds, but it will be much less distracting."

Kingsbury hungry for Olympic gold

Kingsbury won Olympic silver in 2014 behind Canadian teammate Alexandre Bilodeau, who defended his gold from 2010. The pursuit of that gold two years from now in Pyeongchang, South Korea, keeps Kingsbury hungry and driven amid his success.

"The training and the big picture of my plan the next two years is to win Olympic gold," Kingsbury said. "I'm already talking about it and planning towards it, trying to put pressure on myself at events to perform even better, so I get used to the pressure of the Olympics."

Quebec City's Philippe Marquis, Gabriel Dufresne of Repentigny, Que., Zac Hoffman of Thornhill, Ont., Brendan Kelly of Pemberton, B.C. and Jordan Kober of Penticton, B.C., join Kingsbury and Dumais in the Canadian men's contingent racing Saturday.

Alex-Anne Gagnon of Terrebonne, Que., Andi Naude of Penticton, Audrey Robichaud of Quebec City, Julie Bergeron of Trois-Rivieres, Que., Valerie Gilbert of Sainte-Adele, Que., and Calgary's Clare Lambert round out the host women's squad.

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