Mikaël Kingsbury Crowned Champion in Thaiwoo, Justine Dufour-Lapointe Wins Bronze
Freestyle Canada – Thaiwoo, China, February 26, 2017 – The Canadian team’s mogul athletes ended their 2016-2017 World Cup season today in China with a final dual moguls competition.
Mikaël Kingsbury won the dual moguls event after also winning yesterday’s singles event. The back-to-back wins are the third for him this season, with the ones in Deer Valley and Tazawako. With this seventh consecutive victory, Kingsbury also matches his own record set last season. He now has a total of 42 career victories in addition to receiving both Crystal globes this season.
“I am very happy about today’s win. I was pleased with my skiing yesterday, and today, my only goal was to have fun on the course. I am extremely grateful for everything that happened this season,” said Kingsbury.
Simon Pouliot-Cavanagh also had an excellent showing today, finishing fourth.
On the ladies side, all six Canadians made the top 10 but only Justine Dufour-Lapointe managed to break into the top three. She won her final dual against Andi Naude by the slim margin of 18-17 to win her second medal of the weekend, the bronze.
“I am mostly happy with my season, despite my drop in the general rankings. At the same time, I managed to overcome quite a few challenges, not always ski-related, and I feel that all these battles will make me even stronger for next season. This season isn’t exactly what I had hoped for, but it is the next one that truly matters. My third place today confirms that I am ready to take on the Olympic season and World Championships next week,” said Dufour-Lapointe.
With this weekend’s showing, Canada has also won the coveted Nations Cup, awarded to the country with the highest number of points in the FIS overall rankings.
To see the detailed competition results, click here.
Thaiwoo was the last stop on the 2016-2017 FIS World Cup circuit. Athletes will now enjoy a few days off before heading to Sierra Nevada, Spain for the FIS World Championships on March 8-9, 2017.
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