Canadians swept the podium in the men's dual moguls event Monday at the freestyle world championships in Austria, while Justine Dufour-Lapointe added a silver in the women's event.
Mikael Kingsbury defeated fellow Canadian Philippe Marquis 20-15 in the men's big final for his first world dual moguls gold after two runner-up finishes.
Marc-Antoine Gagnon made it a Canadian podium sweep by beating Sho Kashima of the United States in the small final. It was his second medal in as many days for Kingsbury, who took in the single moguls event on Sunday.
“I feel amazing,” said Kingsbury. “You know being a world champion is crazy, but what’s even better is being on the podium with two of your best friends and teammates. We’ve been talking about a sweep for a long time with the three of us. I think it happened at the right moment here at the World Championships. Other than the Olympic Games, there’s no other place that this could be bigger. We’re very proud. I’m at a loss for words.”
Dufour-Lapointe lost to American Hannah Kearney in the women's big final by a score of 29-6. She defeated her sister Chloe, 29-6, in the semifinal.
“I’m really happy with how I performed today,” said Justine Dufour-Lapointe, who won single moguls gold on Sunday.
“I knew I had to give it my all against Hannah in the finals and take chances. It’s what I did out there and I don’t have any regrets. I may not have won today, but it’s still cool being a silver medallist. It’s been a great weekend for me. I’m overwhelmed thinking of everything I accomplished. I will always remember this weekend.”
Yulia Galysheva of Kazakhstan edged Chloe Dufour-Lapointe 18-17 for the bronze medal.
Canada's four medals on Monday capped a stellar run for the country's moguls skiers at the world championships. Justine Dufour-Lapointe, who's from Montreal, won gold in the women's singles event on Sunday, while Kingsbury, from Deux-Montagnes, Que., took silver on the men's side.