Kingsbury Bounces Back in Val St. Come: Triumphs in FIS Freestyle World Cup Dual Moguls
Calgary, Alberta, Canada – January 21, 2024
A spectacular two-day showcase of elite freestyle skiing came to a thrilling close on Saturday in Val St. Come, as the FIS Freestyle World Cup event in Quebec delivered high-flying performances and intense competition. The highlight of the event was the dual moguls competition, where Canadian freestyle skiing sensation Mikael Kingsbury impressively bounced back to claim victory in the men’s event. The home crowd was treated to a nail-biting duel in the big final, with Kingsbury narrowly securing victory against Gravenfors. The win marked a significant milestone for Kingsbury, as it was his 85th career World Cup victory. With this achievement, he is now just one win away from tying Ingemar Stenmark’s record for the most World Cup wins across all Olympic disciplines at FIS.
In a dramatic turn of events, Kingsbury, who had experienced a somewhat disappointing performance on Friday, showcased resilience and determination on Saturday. During Friday’s competition, he missed qualifying for the super final for the first time this season, setting the stage for an electrifying comeback the following day.
Saturday’s competition saw Kingsbury facing formidable opponents, including a tough semifinal against Matt Graham and a gripping showdown in the big final against the Swedish rising star, Filip Gravenfors. Throughout the finals, Kingsbury exhibited unwavering focus, navigating the challenging course with precision and flair.
As the Val St. Come event concluded in grand fashion, attention now turns to the next stop on the FIS Freestyle World Cup tour. The tour moves to the new venue in Waterville, USA, where a pair of moguls and dual moguls competitions are scheduled for next Friday and Saturday, January 26-27. Freestyle skiing enthusiasts can anticipate more thrilling action as the world’s best athletes continue to vie for supremacy in this highly competitive season.