Canada’s Kings­bury claims 50th ca­reer World Cup win

Penticton Herald - - SPORTS - By The Cana­dian Press

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 Deux-Mon­tagnes, 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 and con­fi­dent in his abil­ity to push him­self a lit­tle bit more, still beat the French­man with room to spare.

“I was think­ing about my strat­egy, and the goal was to do . . . the same run he did,” said Kings­bury who posted a fi­nal score of 88.14. “To go two points higher than him in the su­per fi­nal af­ter a run that was ba­si­cally per­fect for him was even bet­ter than win­ning my 50th one.”


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