This article was originally published on the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association's website.
There was no stopping Canada on this night. Both Mikaël Kingsbury and Justine Dufour-Lapointe proved once again why they are two of the most dominant freestyle skiers in the world.
The two Canadians finished in first place in their respective dual moguls event at the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup in Deer Valley.
For Kingsbury, it was his second World Cup victory in 24 hours. The native of Deux-Montagnes, QC also won the moguls event on Friday night. With the victory, Kingsbury took possession of the yellow bib as the overall FIS points leader.
Kingsbury defeated American Dylan Walczyk 21-14 in the final. Swiss Marco Tade joined them on the podium after his narrow 18-17 win over Patrick Deneen (USA).
“It was great to win back-to-back here,” said Kingsbury, who accomplished the feat for the first time in Deer Valley. “There was an amazing crowd of over 10,000 people that really energized us. It was a long day, but it was fun. I wasn’t feeling the greatest at first. I had a fever last night, but battled through it.”
The victory was Mik’s third consecutive of the season and the 24th overall of his career.
“We started the season in Ruka in December and I wasn’t skiing well,” added Kingsbury. “I am way more confident now. I’m having fun and I know what I need to do win. I’m not putting pressure on myself and that’s when I ski my best.”
In an intense showdown between rivals, Justine Dufour-Lapointe defeated American Hannah Kearney 19-16. The matchup was a battle of the last two Olympic gold medallists.
Dufour-Lapointe, the 2014 Olympic champion, also captured the yellow bib on the women’s side and took over the FIS points lead from her sister Chloé. The victory gave Justine her second podium in the last two days.
“I am so proud of myself,” said Justine Dufour Lapointe, who finished in second at last night’s moguls event. “I really gave everything out there. I didn’t want to leave it to chance against Hannah. I was so happy when I won, but the thing I was most proud of was my consistency. I was so focused going up against her. I knew it was going to be a great challenge. Going to the World Championships in Austria with the yellow bib will be amazing.”
Both competitors were also awarded the Champions Cup as the best skiers at Deer Valley.
Mikaël, Justine and the rest of the moguls team will prepare for the 2015 FIS World Championships in Austria next. They will compete on Sunday, January 18 in a single moguls event. On Monday, January 19, they will return to the hill to compete in the dual moguls competition.
Full results from tonight’s dual moguls World Cup can be found here.
More information about the 2015 FIS Freestyle World Championships can be found here.
2015 Deer Valley Results
Mikaël Kingsbury (Deux-Montagnes, QC) 1st
Philippe Marquis (Québec, QC) 5th
Kerrian Chunlaud (Ste-Foy, QC) 12th
Marc-Antoine Gagnon (Terrebonne, QC) 18th
Simon Pouliot-Cavanagh (Québec City, QC) 19th
Laurent Dumais (Quebec City, QC) 32nd
Luke Ulsifer (Calgary, AB) 33rd
Justine Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC) 1st
Maxime Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC) 5th
Andi Naude (Penticton, BC) 17th
Audrey Robichaud (Quebec City, QC) 18th
Christel Hamel (Montreal, QC) 24th
Chloé Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC) DNF
Photo: Daniel Huerlimann
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