This article originally appeared on the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association's website.
Canadians dominated once again today in what has become a familiar sight during the 2015 FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup season.
Canada walked away with four podium finishes, including first place for Mikaël Kingsbury and Justine Dufour-Lapointe. Teammates Marc-Antoine Gagnon and Andi Naude both grabbed third.
Dufour-Lapointe, the reigning Olympic and World Champion, finished the day with a score of 86.86 in the six-woman super final to beat out American Hannah Kearney (86.43). Naude rounded out the podium with a score of 76.51
“I got a really big win today,” said Dufour-Lapointe. “It was an important day because I really wanted to keep my FIS yellow bib and my lead in the standings. I didn’t want to leave the result in the hands of the judges. I knew Hannah would ski well in her home country. My goal was to really ski clean and consistently. It’s always nice to share a podium with a teammate too. I’m proud to see Andi make her first podium here with me. “
For Naude, this marks the first podium finish of her young World Cup career. The 19-year-old native of British Colombia has made great strides this year including a fourth place finish at the Calgary World Cup in January.
“I started off the day in a strong position,” said Naude. “I had a little problem with my ankle so I tried to ignore it. I was surprised with the outcome, but I couldn’t be happier right now. I felt strong coming in. The course was the best I’ve ever seen it here. I had really strong training and trusted the process. Our main goal is to have fun. I’m so excited. I look up to all my teammates and how consistently they ski. I can hardly find words. It’s a huge confidence booster.”
The win today for Kingsbury marked redemption after finishing second at the World Championships last week in the mogul event. His score of 90.54 well surpassed Russia’s Alexandr Smyshlyaev’s 87.97. Gagnon (87.69) finished right behind in third.
“I felt good this morning leading up to the competition,” said Kingsbury. “I finished first in qualifications and I didn’t think my run was perfect. There was room for improvement, but I was so impressed by how well the team was skiing. We’re all so close and I try to lead by example. The guys really set the pace though. I knew I couldn’t make an error today based on everyone else’s performances. It’s my second 90 score of my career. I’m proud of it.”
Also, making it to the top-six super final were Audrey Robichaud (6th – 73.69), Simon Pouliot-Cavanagh (5th – 85.69) and Philippe Marquis (6th – 84.45).
With the win, Kingsbury has now won four straight World Cup events and has taken a commanding lead in the World Cup standings. His 429 points are well ahead of Marquis, who’s currently in second with 225. Smyshlyaev is in third with 221 and Pouliot-Cavanagh in fourth with 185.
Justine Dufour-Lapointe also leads the FIS points race against rival Kearney by a score of 385 to 326. Behind them in third place is Chloé Dufour-Lapointe with 252 and Naude in fourth with 188.