Mikael Kingsbury wins gold in World Cup moguls
Chloe and Justine Dufour-Lapointe take silver and bronze
Fading light, plummeting temperatures and a treacherous mid-course pitch didn't stop moguls skier Mikael Kingsbury from winning in Calgary yet again.
The Olympic silver medallist from Deux-Montagnes, Que., extended his World Cup win streak at Canada Olympic Park to five in a row Saturday.
Kingsbury's 22nd career victory puts him back in contention to win a fourth overall World Cup title.
At just 22 years of age, Kingsbury is the most decorated men's World Cup freestyle skier in Canadian history.
Kingsbury passed Canadian aerialists Lloyd Langlois and Alain Laroche with Saturday's victory. He bettered moguls skier Jean-Luc Brassard's record of 20 last season.
Kingsbury finished ninth in a dual moguls race in Finland last month to start the season. He recovered his form and confidence in Calgary where he first won in 2011.
"I know when I'm on it I can win every day," Kingsbury said. "I just need to continue to ski well and continue to have fun. I know I'm going to be OK for the season.
"I'm extremely happy to start well again the season of 2015 and prove that I'm consistent on that course."
Simon Pouliot-Cavanagh places second
His teammate Simon Pouliot-Cavanagh of Quebec City took silver for the best result of his career. Sho Endo of Japan was third and took the overall World Cup leader's yellow bib from Canadian Phil Marquis, who didn't qualify for the final.
Kingsbury trails Endo by 11 points in the overall standings.
Dufour-Lapointe sisters reach podium
Reigning women's world champion Hannah Kearney of the U.S., claimed gold in women's moguls. Montreal sisters Chloe and Justine Dufour-Lapointe took silver and bronze respectively.
The same women finished on the podium at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, this year, but in a different order. Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe claimed gold and silver respectively with Kearney taking bronze in February.
Kearney and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe were tied atop the women's overall standings 55 points ahead of Justine, whose run of gold in Calgary ended after victories the last two years.
"My point of view is it's my first podium of the year," the 20-year-old said. "It's in my hometown, in Canada, so yes, I am happy.
"After the Olympic Games, you really understand that all of Canada supports you and that's why I'm so grateful to compete here and say it feels like my hometown."
Fresh snow overnight Friday provided material for well-defined moguls, but thickening cloud reduced visibility for Saturday's afternoon's finals. The skiers expended energy keeping their legs warm between runs as the temperature dipped below minus-20.
Maxime Dufour-Lapointe among top 10 finishers
Andi Naude of Penticton, B.C., finished fifth, Audrey Robichaud of Quebec City was seventh and the oldest Dufour-Lapointe sister Maxime placed eighth among the women.
Moguls judging and scoring changed this season. Skiers are now scored out of a maximum of 100 instead of 30. Turns make up 60 per cent of the score, 20 is for jumps and another 20 for speed instead of the previous 50-25-25.
Kingsbury posted the top super-final score of 85.78 ahead of Pouliot-Cavanagh's 82.92. Kearney's winning total of 83.76 was actually lower than her qualification mark in the morning of 84.73.
"I'm really pleased with my skiing, but it's unusual when you're qualifying score is higher than your super-final score," the American said. "That means I've got some good runs in me."