|Shymbulak, Kazakhstan, March 2, 2019– The last weekend of competitions got underway on Saturday at the Shymbulak Mountain Resort in Kazakhstan with the single moguls event and ended with a rare second-place finish for Mikaël Kingsbury as well as a bronze for Justine Dufour-Lapointe.
Kingsbury came in second on Saturday with a score of 79.37, finishing behind his main rival, Japan’s Ikuma Horishima (81.72). Swedish skier Walter Walberg came in third (78.67).
“I had a really great day. It’s a bit of a shame about the super final,” said Kingsbury after his 100thcareer start wrapped up the season. “I had a very good run, but I had a tiny bobble on my second jump and the judges were very rigorous. I think I should have gotten a slightly higher score than I did, but it’s okay… there’s always tomorrow!”
On the women’s side, Justine Dufour-Lapointe made the podium by clinching bronze. Tt was just a matter of time before the Montreal skier finished in the top three as she had missed the podium in Japan by a hair last weekend.
“I’m very pleased with this podium today, because it’s my first win landing my cork,” said Justine. “At the start of the season I had set myself a goal to do a cork in competition – so it’s a big day for me, since I not only achieved that goal but made it to the podium on top of that.”
The event was won by the Kazakhstani Yulia Galysheva with a score of 79.69. Second place went to the defending moguls World Cup champion Perrine Laffont of France (79.11). Chloé Dufour-Lapointe finished in 15thplace.
A dual moguls event is coming up on Sunday at Shymbulak to conclude the 2018-2019 season.
Canadian aerialists at Shimao Lotus Mountain
The aerials athletes were in the FIS World Cup in Changchun, China. Félix Cormier-Boucher finished 10thwith a score of 77.35. Catrine Lavallée didn’t start in that competition.
Canadian moguls results:
Men: Mikaël Kingsbury (2), Gabriel Dufresne (19), Brenden Kelly (24), Laurent Dumais (29), Kerrian Chunlaud (33), Philippe Marquis (DNS)
Women: Justine Dufour-Lapointe (3), Chloé Dufour-Lapointe (15)
Canadian aerials results:
Félix Cormier-Boucher (10), Catrine Lavallée (DNS)