Canadian moguls star Kingsbury triumphant in return to World Cup competition

Canadian moguls star Mikael Kingsbury, from Deux-Montagnes, Que., scored 88.10 points on his final run to top the podium in his first event of the season.

Deux-Montagnes, Que., native missed start of season after Nov. vertebrae injury

Canada's Mikael Kingsbury, centre, celebrates on the podium after winning the World Cup men's freestyle moguls skiing competition in Utah on Thursday. (Rick Bowmer/The Associated Press)

Canadian moguls star Mikael Kingsbury was a winner in his return to World Cup competition, taking the gold medal in Thursday's men's event.

Kingsbury, from Deux-Montagnes, Que., scored 88.10 points on his final run to top the podium in his first event of the season.

Kingsbury, the reigning Olympic moguls champion, missed the start of the season when fractured his T4 and T5 vertebrae in November while training for the opening World Cup event in Ruka, Finland.

"It feels awesome to be back, this is the best feeling in the world," said Kingbury.

"Just two months ago I had two fractures in my back, I was watching these guys compete from my couch and I couldn't walk or even sleep very well. I worked hard with my trainers back home and did a lot of rehab. I came back here without any expectations, I just wanted to ski my best. This one feels extra special."

WATCH | Kingsbury wins World Cup event in return from injury:

Mikael Kingsbury victorious in 1st World Cup event since injury

2 years ago
Duration 1:29
Reigning Olympic and world moguls champion Mikael Kingsbury from Deux-Montagnes, Que., wins in Deer Valley with a score of 88.10.

Kingsbury now has 64 career World Cup victories in 110 starts. He's stood on the podium 92 times.

France's Benjamin Cavet was second and Australia's Matt Graham was third.

Japan's Ikuma Horishima, who led after the first of two runs in Thursday's final, slipped to fifth.

France's Perrine Laffont won the women's event, followed by a pair of Japanese skiers — Anri Kawamura and Kisara Sumiyoshi.

Sofiane Gagnon of Whistler, B.C., was the top Canadian in 10th.

WATCH | Kingsbury reacts after topping podium at Deer Valley:

Mikael Kingsbury: 'This win feels extra special'

2 years ago
Duration 0:39
Reigning Olympic and world moguls champion Mikael Kingsbury reflects on winning his first competition since returning from injury.

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