This article was originally published on the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association's website.
History was made today at the 2015 FIS Freestyle Ski World Championships. The trio of Mikaël Kingsbury (gold), Philippe Marquis (silver) and Marc-Antoine Gagnon (bronze) swept the podium in the dual moguls event in Austria.
The Canadians accomplished the feat for the first time in the program’s history and the first time in the history of the dual moguls event at the World Championships.
For Kingsbury, it was his second medal in as many days after winning silver in the single moguls event on Sunday. The native of Deux-Montagnes, QC defeated Marquis 20-15 in the dual mogul finals today.
“I feel amazing,” said Kingsbury. “You know being a world champion is crazy, but what’s even better is being on the podium with two of your best friends and teammates. We’ve been talking about a sweep for a long time with the three of us. I think it happened at the right moment here at the World Championships. Other than the Olympic Games, there’s no other place that this could be bigger. We’re very proud. I’m at a loss for words.”
Marquis defeated Gagnon in the semifinal by the slimmest of margins, 18-17, to guarantee himself his first FIS World Championship medal.
“I think we were all very hungry after the singles event yesterday,” said Marquis. “It was a day of redemption for us. We had a mission and we did our job. We delivered. It’s a pretty special moment. It proves the strength of the Canadian Freestyle Ski Team. To be part of this is really cool as a veteran of the team. I couldn’t be more proud of myself and all my teammates.”
Gagnon would then defeat Sho Kashima for bronze after the American crashed out. It is Gagnon’s first career World Championship medal as well.
“It feels really good to be on the podium at the World Championships, but to do it with Mik and Phil is even better,” said Gagnon. “We’ve always talked about being on the podium together, but on competition day we just focus on our performance. Things might not go the way you want them to when you think about something like that too much. To do this at a World Championships is pretty crazy.”
Justine Dufour-Lapointe also earned her way back onto the podium today by winning a silver medal. Justine defeated sister Chloé, 29-6, in the semifinal but could not get by Hannah Kearney. The American defeated Justine 29-6.
“I’m really happy with how I performed today,” said Justine Dufour-Lapointe, who won single moguls gold on Sunday. “I knew I had to give it my all against Hannah in the finals and take chances. It’s what I did out there and I don’t have any regrets. I may not have won today, but it’s still cool being a silver medallist. It’s been a great weekend for me. I’m overwhelmed thinking of everything I accomplished. I will always remember this weekend.”
Chloé Dufour-Lapointe, the 2013 World Champion, finished fourth overall after losing 18-17 to bronze medallist Yulia Galysheva of Kazakhstan.
Canadian Team Shows Depth
Every Canadian man competing, including Simon Pouliot-Cavanagh (11th overall), qualified for the round of 16.
The same can be said about the women. Justine Dufour-Lapointe, Chloé Dufour-Lapointe, Maxime Dufour-Lapointe, Audrey Robichaud and Andi Naude made it to the round of 16.
Robichaud finished seventh, Maxime Dufour-Lapointe ninth and Andi Naude finished the day in 12th place.
Canadian Athletes Who Competed in the Dual Moguls Event:
Men - Mikaël Kingsbury (Deux-Montagnes, QC), Philippe Marquis (Quebec City, QC), Marc-Antoine Gagnon (Terrebonne, QC), Simon Pouliot-Cavanagh (Quebec City, QC)
Women – Justine Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC), Chloé Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC), Maxime Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC), Audrey Robichaud (Quebec City, QC), Andi Naude (Penticton, BC)