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Kingsbury got 86,73 points, which enabled him to stay ahead of the Japanese Ikuma Horishima (85,02) and Kazakh Dmitriy Reikherd (83,42).
Mikaël Kingsbury has been hot, but this time he did not escape. The Quebec 26-year-old has won the event of bumps, Saturday, under a bright sun at the world Cup freestyle ski Mont-Tremblant.
The olympic champion seemed relieved to sign a fourth victory in five races this season, as well as a 54th individual victory in career on the circuit of the world Cup — another record that belongs to him — just his 96th start. Especially after having finished fifth last week in Lake Placid, is his worst individual result in two years.
“It feels good to get back on the podium, he agreed. I wasn’t worried at this level, but I know I still have a lot of things to improve. “
Thundering down the track in quebec long 230 meters, Kingsbury has obtained 86,73 points, which allowed him to anticipate with accuracy the Japanese Ikuma Horishima (85,02) and Kazakh Dmitriy Reikherd (83,42).
The plodder of Two-Mountains, therefore, has avenged his second place earned last year in Mont-Tremblant, behind Horishima. This result was the same blow, put an end to his streak record of 13 world Cup victories. A few minutes after the competition, Kingsbury said that it had not been easy on the track.
“He [Horishima] I was really pushed back to today, he admitted. It is a skier exceptional. This world Cup has been difficult, because I’m at home and I felt a little more pressure than usual. I’m really relieved. “
When asked about his general performance, Kingsbury admitted that he had still things to refine before it can be ready for the world Championships in Deer Valley, which will take place from the 1st to the 10th of February. It is, however, said that he was optimistic, especially that he has won his last four races at this place.
“I have committed a few small errors — I know that I have not made the right choice of line here, in the middle, because it was more slow, but it passed today, he said. We are going to celebrate it, and then prepare for the world Championships in two weeks. I can’t be in a better position for me to go down there. “
On the other hand, Philippe Marquis finished in ninth place, under a score of 74,84.
Marquis, who was playing his third race since his return to competition following a significant surgical procedure on a knee, recorded a second top-10 in as many weeks, after having taken the eighth place in Lake Placid.
“I wanted to finish my career at Tremblant on a high note, said Marquis, who dispute a final season in career. You know, I’m a skier and explosive — at least, I was before my injury — and we were told in Lake Placid, failing to make new jumps, I was going to bet on the speed. And I managed one run the fastest of the day. It was an honor to be here. “
The plodder 29-year-old native of Quebec has taken advantage of the opportunity to mention that it will be another two or three weeks before making a decision on his future in the short term. If it is granted that it will participate in the World, it’s still unclear if he will take part in the latter stages of the world Cup.
A gift for Justine Dufour-Lapointe
A little earlier in the day, Justine Dufour-Lapointe has pushed a cry of joy and shed a few tears of joy after crossing the finish line in the super-final. She had just signed a first podium this season, finishing third.
This result is a balm for Justine Dufour-Lapointe, who had recorded a disappointing 19th place last week in Lake Placid. The silver medallist in the olympic Games in Pyeongchang has also been slowed by an injury to the collarbone injury suffered before the Holidays to Thaiwoo, China.
“This podium means so much to me, because I just know one of the start of the season the most difficult of my career — with injuries and all, has commented on the interested main. So to be on the podium, in front of my family and my friends, that was the best gift I could get. “
She has amassed 73,67 points, finishing behind the Frenchwoman Perrine Laffont, author of a score of 75,51, and the Australian Jakara Anthony, second by 75,08 points.
On his side, Chloé Dufour-Lapointe concluded the test at the foot of the podium with 72,23 points. She demonstrates great consistency since the beginning of the season, knocking the top-10 in his last four starts.
“It is sure that it is a bit heart-wrenching not to be on the podium, especially when you’re in front of your family, but on the other hand, I can’t be more proud of me, she said. I am progressing, so that is encouraging. “