Mikael Kingsbury could not resist the incredible pressure imposed by the Japanese Ikuma Horishima at the Freestyle World Championships.
After the 19-year-old Nippon had a spectacular downhill, Kingsbury gave everything, but he made a mistake on landing his second jump and finally finished third in the moguls event.
Even though it is a seventh podium in as many starts in World Championships for the hobbyist of Deux-Montragnes, it is surely a disappointment, he who was aiming for a historic double.
Kingsbury earned 82.85 points from the judges, far from the 88.54 awarded to Horishima, electrifying throughout the competition. This is a first career podium for Horishima.
Frenchman Benjamin Cavet (87.11) completed the podium.
Justine also in bronze
A little earlier, Justine Dufour-Lapointe also took the bronze medal in the ladies.
The Quebecker scored 80.74. Australian and holder of the crystal globe Britteny Cox took the gold medal with 83.63 points.
France’s Perrine Laffont completed the podium with 82.51 points.
Kingsbury and Dufour-Lapointe were the only Canadians qualified for the finals.