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