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Mikaël Kingsbury on Top to the End

Following yesterday’s singles moguls win, Mikaël Kingsbury continued his winning streak on Saturday in Megève, France, clinching the men’s dual moguls event and securing his spot at the top of the 2021-2022 rankings in the discipline.

Having won the Crystal Globe in singles moguls the day before, the Québécois added two more Globes to his collection on Saturday: dual moguls and overall moguls.

The skier from Deux-Montagnes, who was pitted against Ikuma Horishima in the final, continued his domination of the discipline with a decisive victory after Horishima lost his balance on the second jump.

“It’s crazy! It was a great final. I’m happy to finish the season on a high note and be two-for-two here in Megève, in front of this amazing crowd. I feel awesome,” he said in an interview following the race.

En route to the big final, Kingsbury disposed of Severi Vierela of Finland, Cole McDonald of the USA and Ludvig Fjallstrom of Sweden in back-to-back victories. Fjallstrom later defeated his countrymate Walter Wallberg in the final to take the bronze medal.

Gabriel Dufresne won his first elimination heat against Martin Suire of France before being eliminated in the next round by Wallberg. He finished sixth. Kingsbury gave a shout-out to Dufresne for having given him a useful tip earlier in the day. “I’d like to thank my teammate Gabriel Dufresne. He told me I should go and switch to the red course, and the strategy paid off. I definitely owe him some beers tonight.”

Elliot Vaillancourt bowed out to Horishima in the round of sixteen and finished sixteenth.

In the women’s competition, Perrine Laffont of France had the full support of her home country fans as she made her way to the top of the podium for the second day in a row. She was accompanied by Jakara Anthony of Australia and Jaelin Kauf of the USA.

Justine Dufour-Lapointe posted the best Canadian result of the day, finishing in ninth place. Valérie Gilbert, Maia Schwinghammer and Berkley Brown followed closely behind in 11th, 12th and 13th, respectively.

Chloé Dufour-Lapointe finished 15th, and Sofiane Gagnon ended the day in 16th place after a wipeout in her round-of-sixteen race against Anri Kawamura of Japan.


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