SKIING STAR KINGSBURY BUILDS ON RESUME
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, passing French legend Edgar Grospiron. 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 secondary.
“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.”