GOLDEN BOY

The Hamilton Spectator - - Sports - DONNA SPENCER

CAL­GARY — Mikael Kings­bury didn’t need to take big risks to win World Cup gold Satur­day.

A ma­jor mis­take on the Cal­gary course by ri­val Ben­jamin Cavet of France took some pres­sure off Canada’s moguls king be­fore his fi­nal run of the day.

But Kings­bury still needed to ski clean and fast, and ex­e­cute his tricks on a steep pitch of soft snow, and un­der flat light be­cause of cloudy skies.

The reign­ing Olympic cham­pion from Deux-Mon­tagnes, Que., near Mon­treal, con­tin­ued his dom­i­nance of men’s moguls win­ning his fourth World Cup gold in three events this sea­son.

Kings­bury won both moguls and dual moguls at a World Cup in China last month.

He posted a win­ning score of 84.17 in Satur­day’s six-man su­per fi­nal ahead of run­ner-up Wal­ter Wall­berg of Swe­den with 80.98. Daichi Hara of Ja­pan took bronze with 78.14.

“They made it eas­ier for me, but at the same time you still have to put down the run,” Kings­bury said. “I’m pretty stoked the way I han­dled the pres­sure out there.

“There was not pres­sure for do­ing the best run of my life, but pres­sure to put it down at the right mo­ment.”

Cavet was the sec­ond-last man down the course at WinS­port’s Canada Olympic Park. When a slip at the top took the French­man out of con­tention, Kings­bury made quick cal­cu­la­tions.

“(If he would have) scored 84 or 85, I know I have to push a bit more and maybe go big­ger on my tricks,” Kings­bury said. “I was ready for that and was able to do it in train­ing.

“I was con­fi­dent to be able to do that run, but when I heard he was out (of con­tention), and Wal­ter was lead­ing with 80 points ... I’m not go­ing to take stupid risks.”

Kings­bury’s World Cup vic­tory was the 53rd of his ca­reer and his eighth in Cal­gary. The 26-yearold wears the yel­low bib as the sea­son’s over­all leader.

He’s on pace to claim the crys­tal globe as the sea­son cham­pion for an eighth straight year.

“It’s al­ways good for me to start the sea­son very well, cre­ate mo­men­tum, cre­ate a good lead in the stand­ings, which is amaz­ing,” Kings­bury said.

The top 16 in qual­i­fy­ing ad­vanced to the fi­nal, from which the top six gained en­try to the su­per-fi­nal.

JEFF MCIN­TOSH THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Canada’s Mikael Kings­bury, seen here Satur­day, seems headed for an­other World Cup ti­tle in moguls.

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