RUKA, Finland –
Canadian freestyle figure skater Mikael Kingsbury kicked off the new campaign of the World Cup moguls by picking up the spot he left off last season.
Kingsbury is from Deux-Montagnes, Que.
Kingsbury said: “Today is like a redemption. “Starting the season off in good form takes some of the pressure off. In 2017, I won here before going to the Olympics. Hopefully things will go like this this year.”
Kingsbury, the favorite who will win another Olympic title this February in Beijing, has won the 66th World Cup of his career.
He finished with a score of 82.99 points, just ahead of Pavel Kolmakov of Kazakhstan (82.10). Japan’s Ikuma Horishima came in third with 81.12.
Kingsbury broke his T4 and T5 vertebrae during a training session late last year, forcing the Olympic champion to miss the first three World Cups of the season.
“It’s nice to get the win after the miss,” said Kingsbury.
Two other Canadian men finished in the top 20 on Saturday. Kerrian Chunlaud of Ste-Foy, Que., 17, and Brenden Kelly of Pemberton, BC, 18.
Chloe Dufour-Lapointe of Montreal finished 12th in the first women’s final and did not advance deep.
This Canadian Press report was first published on December 4, 2021.