Kingsbury Dominates in Idre, Securing World Cup Leader Bib
Calgary Alberta – The FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup witnessed another spectacular chapter as it unfolded in Idre Fjäll, Sweden, following the adrenaline-pumping season opener in Ruka, Finland. The spotlight of the event was undoubtedly on Canada’s mogul skiing maestro, Mikael Kingsbury, who showcased his undeniable dominance in the men’s category, clinching the coveted World Cup leader bib.
After a formidable performance in Ruka, where Kingsbury had to settle for third place, the King of Moguls returned to the podium with a resounding victory. The competition in Idre Fjäll was fierce, with the younger generation of mogul skiers displaying their burgeoning skills. However, Kingsbury’s focus on precision in turns and jumps, rather than sheer speed, set him apart from the competition.
In the super final, Kingsbury delivered a masterclass, scoring an impressive 85.02, leaving his competitors trailing behind. The strategic approach paid off, reaffirming his status as the most accomplished mogul skiers in the world.
This victory marked a significant milestone for Mikael Kingsbury, as it propelled him to the top of the leaderboard and added yet another accolade to his illustrious career. Notably, Kingsbury now holds the title of the oldest winner in single moguls events, surpassing the legendary Janne Lahtela.
Reflecting on the triumph, Coach Michel Hamelin commended Kingsbury’s experience and strategic skiing, stating, “Mik used his experience today! He did not try to go crazy fast like all the others! Mik went a bit slower but quality turns. He was impressive!!! Mikael Kingsbury said I skied smart and I raised my game!”
The Canadian dominance extended to the women’s side, with Louis-David Chailfoux, Julien Viel, and Sam Cordell securing spots in the finals, finishing 7th, 15th, and 16th, respectively. Berkley Brown represented Canada on the women’s side, finishing 16th.
Mikael Kingsbury’s gold in Idre Fjäll marked his 81st career gold medal, solidifying his position as the King of Moguls. As the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup continues its journey, all eyes remain on Kingsbury.