Mikael Kingsbury wins freestyle World Cup event
Justine Dufour-Lapointe, Chloe Dufour-Lapointe take silver, bronze
Mikael Kingsbury continued his strong start to the new year with a second-straight win as he took first place in men's moguls at the FIS freestyle world cup on Friday.
The Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Que., native scored a 90.25 in his run, putting him ahead of Australia's Matt Graham and the United States's Patrick Deneen.
With a new scoring system this year that goes up to 100, Kingsbury is the first competitor to score higher than 90.
"We talk within skiers that a 90 would be quite impossible to do. Now, I'm part of the ninety club," Kingsbury said. "Member of the nine club. I am the first ever!"
Even with his finish, Kingsbury says that going into the event he needed to have a good run.
"I didn't have great training runs and the course was really hard," Kingsbury said. "In the finals, I heard the scores of Patrick Dineen and Matt Graham, and I knew I had to have a perfect run. I did one of my best ever. My two jumps were almost perfect."
K.C. Oakley won a World Cup women's moguls event for the first time Friday night at Deer Valley Resort with a score of 82.53, while Canada's Justine Dufour-Lapointe was second, followed by sister Chloe Dufour-Lapointe with scores of 79.46 and 79.28 respectively.
Maxime Dufour-Lapointe scored 77.15 and finished in fifth place.