Photo: Sean M. Haffey Agence France-Presse
Mikaël Kingsbury rushing down the slope on 8 February in Park City, Utah, in route to a victory in the individual event of the moguls world Championships of freestyle skiing
Without even having to take part in the last event of the season, the Quebecer Mikaël Kingsbury has put the hand on the eighth crystal globe of his career Sunday.
Kingsbury had to make a 100th start on the circuit of the world Cup, but a thick fog formed on the slopes of the ski resort Shymbulak, Kazakhstan, forcing the cancellation of the event of the moguls.
“The conditions were dangerous today, and I believe that the international ski Federation has made the right decision in cancelling the event. We saw absolutely nothing of the top of the track, ” noted Kingsbury.
Despite his second place gained the day before, the athlete from deux-Montagnes was already guaranteed to finish at the top of the general ranking of the discipline for the eighth year in a row. Kingsbury has amassed 825 points this season, 308 more than his closest pursuer, the Japanese Ikuma Horishima.
“I knew beforehand that I was going to win the crystal globe, but the feeling is always incredible. It is as if it was the first time. For me, it is like lifting the Stanley cup. This is the trophy the most important part of the sport that we practice and this is the most difficult to win, ” said Quebec 26-year-old.
Kingsbury concluded the season 2018-2019 of the world Cup with five wins in seven races in the downhill easy, and it won the two tests in parallel. It has also been crowned world champion in both disciplines in Deer Valley, at the beginning of the month of February.
“I can’t wait to go home and see my family and friends to celebrate with them. I’m going to take a little vacation for me to rest of my season and then I’m going to resume training “, he added.
The Canadian Philippe Marquis (the 13th), Laurent Dumais (16th), Brenden Kelly (22nd), Kerrian Chunlaud (26th) and Gabriel Dufrene (30th) have also taken part in the events of the world Cup this season.
I knew beforehand that I was going to win the crystal globe, but the feeling is always amazing
— Mikaël Kingsbury
For the ladies, it is the French Perrine Laffont, who has won the crystal globe with 780 points. Justine Dufour-Lapointe took the sixth place in the standings with a harvest of 303 points. The youngest of the sisters Dufour-Lapointe on the podium at Mont-Tremblant in January, and the day before, on the track of Shymbulak. His sister Chloe has climbed to the seventh level.
Sofiane Gagnon took the 17th place in the general classification, while Maia Schwinghammer finished 23rd.
Thanks to the performance of its athletes, the canadian national team mogul has concluded the season in the top of the rankings of the international ski Federation, taking the Cup of nations.