Kings­bury crowned in Korea

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post a record 48 vic­to­ries, in­clud­ing an un­matched run of 13 straight, and 70 top-three fin­ishes in 87 World Cup com­pe­ti­tions.

“He’s hands­down one of, if not the, great­est per­son to grace the sport,’’ Amer­i­can skier Casey An­dringa told The As­so­ci­ated Press. “What he does is just in­cred­i­ble. “I’m sure ev­ery­one here has stud­ied it, try­ing to crack the code, and I just don’t know if there is a code. I don’t think that any­one is go­ing to beat him try­ing to repli­cate what he does.’’

Kings­bury said he got off to a slow start in the com­pe­ti­tion, but as the day went on, his runs got bet­ter.

“I was stiff in the first round, but I knew that’s not where the com­pe­ti­tion is won,” he said. “I kept telling my­self, ‘Don’t try to win ev­ery round; be happy just to get through; don’t do any­thing stupid.’

“So I made it to the last six and that’s where ev­ery­thing plays out. I pic­tured my runs in my head and I knew I’d be able to fix the small er­rors I made by be­ing faster in my ab­sorp­tion. And when I got to the fin­ish line at the end, I knew it would be enough.’’

Still, he ac­knowl­edged that it was a tough day.

“To be hon­est, I’ve never been so ner­vous in my life,’’ he said. “I was ner­vous when I went to bed last night, and to­day, be­cause the event was at night, I had to tell my­self, ‘Look, stop be­ing ner­vous, stop thinking about ski­ing’ but I wasn’t able to.

“The closer we got to the fi­nal, the more I felt it. But when I got to the top of the course and saw the moguls down be­low, I found it com­fort­ing.’’

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