King of the moguls does it again

Medicine Hat News - - SPORTS -

RUKA, Fin­land The sea­son-open­ing World Cup moguls event in Ruka has been the site of some of the big­gest mo­ments of Mikael Kings­bury’s ac­com­plished ca­reer.

It’s where the Cana­dian freestyle ski­ing star made his first ca­reer trip to the World Cup podium, win­ning sil­ver in 2011. Four years later he earned his record 29th ca­reer World Cup gold medal at Ruka. And on Fri­day, Kings­bury earned a land­mark 50th ca­reer World Cup win on the slope sit­u­ated in north­ern Fin­land.

But for the reign­ing Olympic cham­pion from DeuxMon­tagnes, Que., who at 26 still has years to build on his half-cen­tury of vic­to­ries, mile­stones are far less im­por­tant than ex­e­cut­ing in the mo­ment.

“I never had in the back of my mind, not even once, that it could have been my 50th to­day,” Kings­bury said. “The goal was just to ski at my best. And when I’m at my best, I know I’m very tough to beat.”

Cer­tainly tough to beat, though Ben­jamin Cavet gave it his best shot with a score of 86.45 in the su­per fi­nal. Kings­bury, ski­ing last, posted a fi­nal score of 88.14.

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