Kings­bury’s World Cup moguls win streak hits 13

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - SPORTS -

PARK CITY, Utah — Canada’s Mikael Kings­bury has been find­ing suc­cess all over the globe lately. But there’s some­thing about Utah’s Deer Val­ley Re­sort that brings out the best in him.

Kings­bury, of Deux-Mon­tagnes, Que., stretched his World Cup win­ning streak to 13 straight on Thurs­day, earn­ing his sec­ond vic­tory in as many nights on the tough Park City course.

Com­ing off a record-set­ting 47th World Cup win Wed­nes­day, the 25-year-old com­pleted the Deer Val­ley sweep with an 88.8-point run in the su­per fi­nal in 24.36 sec­onds.

“I can tell you that this course is one of the hard­est in the world and to ski un­der 26 sec­onds it’s quite an ac­com­plish­ment and it’s very fast,” Kings­bury said. “But yeah, the guys were all push­ing the lim­its so I had to push and bring out the best side of me and I was able to.”

Dmitriy Reikherd of Kaza­khstan was sec­ond with 83.66 points and Aus­tralia’s Matt Gra­ham was third with 82.37.

Thurs­day’s win was Kings­bury’s ninth at Deer Val­ley in 14 events there since 2012. He also has three sec­ond-place fin­ishes in Park City.

Kings­bury swept the moguls and dual moguls com­pe­ti­tions at Deer Val­ley last Fe­bru­ary and hasn’t lost a World Cup since. His last sec­ond-place per­for­mance came in Cal­gary on Jan. 28, 2017.

“I’m happy with the re­sults here,” Kings­bury said. “The track here is chal­leng­ing both men­tally and phys­i­cally. This gives me con­fi­dence for the Olympics. To be able to per­form un­der pres­sure like I did this week, it feels like a very good learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Andi Naude of Pen­tic­ton, B.C., was the top Cana­dian on the women’s side in fifth place. Amer­i­can Jaelin Kauf was first fol­lowed by Per­rine Laf­font of France and Mor­gan Schild of the U.S.

Kings­bury has al­ready qual­i­fied for the Pyeongchang Games, where next month he’ll go for one of the few pieces miss­ing from his re­sume — an Olympic gold medal. Fel­low Cana­dian Alex Bilodeau won back-to-back Olympic gold at the Sochi Games in 2014 and Van­cou­ver in 2010, while Kings­bury won sil­ver in Sochi.

The fi­nal moguls World Cup be­fore the Olympics is sched­uled for Jan. 20 at Mont-Trem­blant, Que., about an hour’s drive from Kings­bury’s home­town.

“It is dif­fer­ent to ski in front of friends and fam­ily mem­bers. They are used to cer­tain re­sults from me,” Kings­bury said. “I want to do well, but it is a new track. I have no ex­pec­ta­tions. I’m al­ready hav­ing an in­cred­i­ble sea­son.

“The im­por­tant thing for me will be not to overdo it. I need to save some en­ergy for the pre- Olympics camp and the Games them­selves. Deer Val­ley was an im­por­tant event be­cause the track is dif­fi­cult. It is also sim­i­lar to what we will get in Pyeongchang, and I did a good job there.”

— The Cana­dian Press

RICK BOWMER/AP

Mikael Kings­bury com­petes in the men’s World Cup freestyle moguls event Thurs­day in Park City, Utah. Kings­bury went on to win — his 13th straight vic­tory on the World Cup cir­cuit.

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