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Road to Pyeongchang: Canada holding firm in World Cup standings

The 2018 Olympics are fast approaching and winter athletes from around the globe are competing in the all-important World Cup circuit. Canada captured five medals this week and remain third in the World Cup standings, but is only two medals behind the U.S. after 489 events.

Canadians within 2 medals of U.S., still in 3rd

Canadian moguls icon Mikael Kingsbury won two more World Cup gold medals over the weekend. (The Associated Press)

The 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang are fast approaching and winter athletes from around the globe are competing in the all-important World Cup circuit.

A crucial performance indicator ahead of the 2018 Games in South Korea, the World Cup circuit includes all sports that will be part of the Olympic programme.

Canada maintained its third-play position, earned five medals for the week, two behind the U.S. after 489 events. 

Germany continues to dominate the World Cup standings, holding firm in first place. 

Canada's top performance came from the incomparable Mikael Kingsbury. The moguls star continued his onslaught on the World Cup stage, winning two more gold meals in Tazawako, Japan.

His first came on Saturday in the singles event:

Mikaël Kingsbury wins gold and Crystal Globe

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The skier from Deux-Montagnes, Que. won gold in the men's World Cup moguls competition in Tazawako, Japan. His 39th career win assures him of the overall title and 6th consecutive Crystal globe 0:46

His second gold came on Sunday in dual moguls.

Philippe Marquis took silver in the men's singles, while Andi Naude grabbed bronze in the women's competition.

Canadian luger Sam Edney bronze medal was in important on two front. First, the luge competition took place in Pyeongchang, host of the Winter Games. Second, Edney became the first Canadian male in his sport to reach a World Cup podium in an event held outside Canada, according to the Canadian Luge Association.

Samuel Edney races to bronze at Olympic luge test event in Korea

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The 32-year-old Calgary native finished third overall on Sunday in Pyeongchang, Korea, +0.465 seconds behind winner Dominik Fischnaller. 1:58

With files from Justin Piercy

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