Kingsbury driven to dominate the hill
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 Deuxmontagues, 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.
Mikael Kingsbury won the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s athlete of the year for 2018.