Kingsbury wins record sixth straight
By QMI Agency
|Freestyle skier Mikael Kingsbury has won a record six straight moguls races. (Dan Riedlhuber/Reuters)
DEER VALLEY, UTAH - Mikael Kingsbury may only be 19, but he has already tied a freestyle skiing record.
On the 2002 Olympic course, Kingsbury scored 25.90 to win his sixth-straight moguls victory Thursday night, matching the record by American Jeremy Bloom in 2005.
“I think that was my most satisfying win of my career,” Kingsbury said. “In Deer Valley, it’s like the Super Bowl of skiing.
“It’s a hard course, it’s a night event and there’s a huge crowd. I’m so stoked to win here.”
Kingsbury has a chance at a seventh straight win Sunday in the dual moguls, while aerials action goes on Friday night.
Kingsbury, who qualified second Thursday to his teammate Alex Bilodeau, also skied second in the Super Final, behind Bilodeau.
“It was good for me to have this order, I could see Alex ski and he was going so fast he was like a runaway train and it just motivated me to ski hard,” the Deux-Montagnes native said. “Jeremy Bloom was my first ski idol, so it feels so good to win tonight.”
Olympic Champion Bilodeau, who has been on partial hiatus this year, competing only in select events, took the silver medal tonight with a score of 25.60.
“With all the new things I’ve been working on in my training; trying to improve my turns and go even faster, I am not feeling 110% comfortable yet,” said Bilodeau.
“So I was happy with my finals run where I nailed my turns and both my jumps. But, in the super final I made a couple of mistakes in the middle section and I had too much speed and was a bit out of control, but even with that I came second, so I’m happy with where I’m going.”
On the women’s side, the Canadians were shut out of the super final and the night belonged to American Hannah Kearney, who won her 13th-straight World Cup with a score of 25.21.
Montreal’s Chloe Dufour-Lapointe was the top Canadian in fifth spot. Quebec City’s Audrey Robichaud was 7th, Spruce Grove’s Chelsea Henitiuk was 8th and Montreal’s Maxime Dufour-Lapointe in 14th.;