Kings­bury driven to dom­i­nate the hill

StarMetro Calgary - - SPORTS - Donna Spencer Kings­bury ready for the next phase of his ca­reer. Story at thes­tar.com/sports

CAL­GARY—He’s won ev­ery­thing there is to win in moguls, yet Mikael Kings­bury still feels driven.

It’s com­mon for ath­letes who stand on the Olympic podium to take a hia­tus the fol­low­ing sea­son, or at least skip the first few com­pe­ti­tions.

Kings­bury ap­par­ently isn’t feel­ing any men­tal lull after claim­ing gold in Pyeongchang, South Ko­rea, last year.

The 26-year-old from Deux-Mon­tagues, Que., opened his 2018-19 cam­paign with con­sec­u­tive World Cup wins for a head start on what could be his eighth straight crys­tal globe as the sea­son’s over­all cham­pion.

“He fin­ished the Olympic year and when we started work­ing to­gether, he was mo­ti­vated like I’ve never seen a guy mo­ti­vated,” Cana­dian coach Michel Hamelin said.

“It was crazy. He just sees the next level all the time. The next level of be­ing fast, of big­ger jumps.”

The yel­low sea­son leader’s bib bear­ing No. 1 seems per­ma­nently af­fixed to Kings­bury. Wear­ing it keeps his com­pet­i­tive fires stoked.

“I like be­ing chased by other peo­ple,” Kings­bury said. “I like wear­ing that bib. I’ve been wear­ing it for so long and it just seems right when it’s on me.”

The moguls king is hold­ing court in Cal­gary, where he has won seven times in his ca­reer. Fri­day’s qual­i­fi­ca­tion round pre­cedes Satur­day’s fi­nals.

Kings­bury earned the Li­onel Conacher Award as The Cana­dian Press male ath­lete of the year for 2018, as well as the Toronto Star’s Lou Marsh Tro­phy as the coun­try’s top ath­lete of the year.

He was the first freestyle skier to win those awards.

STEVE RUS­SELL/TORONTO STAR

Mikael Kings­bury won the Lou Marsh Tro­phy as Canada’s ath­lete of the year for 2018.

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