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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.”

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