Mikael Kingsbury wins 5th consecutive World Cup moguls event
Chloe Dufour-Lapointe, Robichaud finish 2-3 in women's event
Another men's World Cup freestyle ski event, another win for Canadian Mikael Kingsbury.
Kingsbury, of Deux-Montagnes, Que., won a moguls competition Saturday in Val St.-Come, Que., his fifth straight World Cup victory. He topped Australian Matt Graham and Russian Alexander Smyshlyev to remain atop the World Cup moguls standings.
Kingsbury needs only 53 points from the final three races of the season to claim a fourth straight crystal globe.
I knew I couldn't make too many errors in the final. I didn't need to be the fastest, I just needed to be consistent.- World Cup moguls champion Mikael Kingsbury
"I knew what I needed to do to win here and I made it happen," he said. "It was extra special doing it in Quebec and with a big crowd at the bottom of the hill.
"I knew I couldn't make too many errors in the final. I didn't need to be the fastest, I just needed to be consistent. The last few moguls on this course were extremely tricky and icy. I needed to have full control in what I was doing to perform my jump. I think my strategy really paid off."
Kingsbury anchored a solid performance for Canada as Chloe Dufour-Lapointe of Montreal and Quebec City's Audrey Robichaud took silver and bronze, respectively, in the women's event.
American Hannah Kearney claimed the gold medal, taking all three of her runs. Kearney passed Olympic champion Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Montreal, who finished 14th, for top spot in women's standings.
'Tears of joy'
Robichaud was ecstatic with her finish.
"I have tears of joy right now, I am just so proud," she said. "It's really difficult to describe how I feel.
"I've felt like I was really close to making it to the podium for a while. I'm glad it happened here though and in Quebec. I had many of my family and friends here as well to celebrate my 99th career World Cup, I was really touched by all of them being here to witness this."
Dufour-Lapointe wasn't surprised by the hard, icy conditions of the course.
"Since our childhood we've been skiing on ice and hard snow so we weren't caught by surprise with the conditions," she said. "The course here at Val Saint-Come is normally like this so we were mentally prepared for it.
"It's one of the most technical courses in Canada. I really gave everything I could out there on the hill on that final run. I'm proud of how I skied today and where I finished on the podium."