Quebec’s Mikaël Kingsbury wins freestyle gold in Finland
Quebec’s Mikaël Kingsbury wins freestyle gold in Finland | Montreal Gazette
Mikaël Kingsbury put in a record-breaking performance Saturday at the freestyle skiing World Cup in Ruka, Finland.
The Deux Montagnes native won 1st place at the event, making him the first freestyle skier to win eight consecutive gold medals on the World Cup circuit. Coming into this season, he’d won seven in a row and now he’ll try to keep the momentum alive as the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics draw near.
“It’s always fun to start the season with a win,” says Kingsbury. “I was in second going into the last heat and put in my best performance of the day when it counted most. So I’m super happy with the result.”
The 25-year-old Quebecer topped the podium with a score of 87.45, outpointing the of Kazahk skiers Dmitriy Reikherd and Pavel Kolmakov — who scored 85.11 and 84.44 respectively.
“(Reikherd) scored 85 points in the semi final heat and I thought my run was good even though I only scored 85,” Kingsbury said. “I knew I had to change something if I wanted to win so I went for a ‘double full’ instead of a ‘back full’ and I increased my speed at the right time.”
“I don’t practice the ‘double full’ often but I want to do it at the Olympics,” he said.
Kingsbury took home the silver medal in Sochi and he’ll be going for his first Olympic gold meal in PyeongChang next February.