Mikaël Kingsbury wins by bumps in the CM of freestyle skiing in Calgary

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Mikaël Kingsbury has collected a total of 89,55 points in the super-final.

Calgary — Mikael Kingsbury has started the new year on the right foot by winning the gold medal in moguls at the world Cup freestyle skiing in Calgary, Saturday.

The plodder of Two Mountains has raised a total of 89,55 points in the super-final and increased to 11 in his series record of consecutive wins, if you include those at the end of the last campaign. Kingsbury also won their 67th medal in his career on the circuit of the world Cup, and its 46th gold.

“The guys have applied a lot of pressure, but I let my skiing speak, said Kingsbury, who kicked off proceedings last among the six competitors present in the super-final. I am very happy to have prevailed. “

Kazakh Dmitriy Reikherd finished in second place with 86,43 points, ahead of Australia’s Matt Graham (83,23).

“In the super final, Reikherd and Graham have been solid, said Kingsbury. When I heard the score of Reikherd, my heart started to beat super fast at the top of the track. I didn’t have to beat a score as high. I took a few deep breaths and I concentrated on the descent that I had to do and to improve a few small points. I finally managed to do my best descent of the day in the super final. Last year in Calgary, I finished second, so it’s good to be back here and win. “

It remains to Kingsbury three world Cups, which can serve as preparation for the olympics.

“Everything is going well in my preparation and the ambience with my coaches and my teammates is also going very well, so I feel super confident and in the right way,” he mentioned.

His compatriots, Marc-Antoine Gagnon and Philippe Marquis, who struggle to obtain their ticket for the olympic Games in Pyeongchang, have respectively finished eighth and ninth. The Canadian Brenden Kelly, for its part, finished in 11th place.

The bronze Justine Dufour-Lapointe

For the ladies, Justine Dufour-Lapointe won the bronze medal in the super-final, just ahead of his compatriot Andi Naude.

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“I am very happy with what I managed to do it,” said Dufour-Lapointe. I was completely in my bubble all day long. I improved race by race.

“I am given without restraint and I believe I have managed to make my best jump of 360 degrees to life in the competition. I am very proud of having made a descent in the super final without errors. Start the year 2018 with a podium is really encouraging. “

The youngest of the three sisters Dufour-Lapointe will bet on the last three world Cups before Pyeongchang to improve a few aspects.

“My goal for the Deer Valley, it is really to improve my medium of course. I have to continue to be very aggressive, while remaining very precise in my technique to not make mistakes. I also have to continue to improve my speed, ” said the Montreal.

The Australian Britteny Cox has won the event under a harvest 82,11 points, and the Frenchwoman Perrine Laffont took the money with 81,64. Justine Dufour-Lapointe and Naude, who are already qualified for the olympics, have raised 81,30 and 81,21 points, in order.

Audrey Robichaud and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe were not able to gain access to the super-final and, respectively, have finished 12th and 13th.

The stop in alberta is the first of a series of three in North America. The bosseurs will head to Deer Valley next weekend, before concluding this portion of the calendar Mont-Tremblant, held on 20 and 21 January.

The olympic Games in Pyeongchang will then be held from 9 to 25 February.