Mikael Kingsbury a dual world champion after winning dual moguls
Canadian captured moguls title 24 hours earlier
Canadian Mikael Kingsbury captured his second world title in less than 24 hours, soaring to gold in dual moguls at the world ski championships in Park City, Utah, on Saturday.
Kingsbury scored 87.62 points in the final, while American Bradley Wilson was second with 84.69. Japan's Daichi Hara took bronze.
The 26-year-old from Deux-Montanges, Que., won the moguls world title on Friday at Deer Valley Resort. It's the first time Kingsbury has won both moguls titles at the same world championship; he previously captured the 2015 dual title and the 2013 singles crown.
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"In 2017 in Sierre Nevada, I remember being in admiration of Ikuma Horishima when he won both titles, because no one before him had managed to do so in the same year," Kingsbury said in a press release. "And now I'm doing it this year. I am speechless. I now have four world championship titles, it's incredible."
WATCH | Kingsbury discusses staying calm ahead of the final
France's Perrine Laffont was crowned world champion in the women's final, defeating Jaelin Kauf of the United States. Fellow American Tess Johnson earned the bronze medal.
Sofiane Gagnon was the top Canadian, finishing 10th, while Justine Dufour-Lapoints placed 12th.
"The course here in Deer Valley is a real challenge, the bumps are huge, so one of the main challenges here is to win against the bumps," Dufour-Lapointe said. "I'm happy with my last run, I did a big 360, but I had an edge problem and I went a little off my track, and that's what made the difference."
Kingsbury, meanwhile, focused on executing clean runs to ensure the highest scores possible,
"In these conditions, my strength is not to make any mistakes; that way, judges can't take away points," Kingsbury said. "I know that in duals, everyone wants to fight me and therefore wants to go faster, but I make it difficult for them by not making any mistakes.
"This is what happened in the final."