Kingsbury Dominates Idre’s Dual Moguls, Inches Closer to World Cup Record
Calgary, Alberta – December 9, 2023
The FIS Freestyle World Cup event in Idre Fjall, Sweden, came to a thrilling close as Canadian mogul skier Mikael Kingsbury showcased his prowess in dual moguls, securing back-to-back victories on the second day of competition.
The day kicked off with intense preliminary rounds for both men and women, setting the stage for the highly anticipated dual moguls event, marking the opening of the 2023/24 season. Kingsbury, already riding the wave of success from Friday’s single moguls event, continued his winning streak through challenging head-to-head battles.
Facing stiff competition from teammates Eliot Vaillancourt and Louise-David Chalifoux, Kingsbury displayed remarkable skill and determination. In a crucial semi-final clash, he triumphed over the local favorite, Sweden’s Walter Wallberg, setting the stage for a thrilling final against Rasmus Stegfeldt.
The final proved to be a showdown of epic proportions, with Kingsbury ultimately securing the top spot and claiming his 82nd World Cup win. This achievement brings him one step closer to the legendary Ingemar Stenmark’s record for the most World Cup wins in men’s competitions across all FIS disciplines.
In addition to his victory in dual moguls, Kingsbury’s dominance extended across all moguls categories – single, duals, and overall.
On the women’s side, the competition saw surprises and upsets, with Mia Schwinghammer being eliminated in the round of 16 by Japan’s Rino Yanagimoto.
With the Idre event now in the books, the FIS Freestyle World Cup caravan now heads to the picturesque slopes of Alpe d’Huez, France. Scheduled for December 15-16, the next set of moguls and dual moguls events promise to deliver more high-flying action and fierce competition as the world’s best freestyle skiers vie for supremacy on the snowy slopes. Stay tuned for more breathtaking moments as the quest for World Cup glory continues.