PYEONGCHANG 2018

With gold win, Canadian be­ing dis­cussed as ‘great­est’ ever

Metro Canada (Vancouver) - - Metro Sport -

Mikael Kings­bury showed why he’s called the King of the Moguls.

The Deux-mon­tagnes, Que., na­tive who has dom­i­nated the World Cup cir­cuit added the one prize miss­ing from his tro­phy case Mon­day — an Olympic gold.

Kings­bury was next-to-last to go down the course in the “su­per-fi­nal” — the last six com­peti­tors. So af­ter putting up a flaw­less per­for­mance for a score of 86.63, he had to wait for Ja­pan’s Daichi Hara to fin­ish the last run be­fore he could cel­e­brate. Then Kings­bury raised his arms and let out a sigh of re­lief.

“I could feel the pres­sure when I got here, espe­cially af­ter my sil­ver medal (at 2014 Win­ter Games) in Sochi,” the 25-year-old said. “Now I’ve won ev­ery­thing there is to win in my sport.

“The feel­ing is unbelievable. I’ve lived this mo­ment a mil­lion times in my dreams. I can’t wait for the medals cer­e­mony Tues­day.’’

Aus­tralian Matt Gra­ham won sil­ver with 82.57 points and Hara was third with 82.19.

Kings­bury gave Canada a third straight Olympic gold medal in moguls af­ter Alexan­dre Bilodeau’s vic­to­ries in Sochi and at the 2010 Van­cou­ver Games. The two-time world cham­pion added per­haps the big­gest ti­tle to a ca­reer that has seen him

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Mikael Kings­bury

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