Mikaël Kingsbury and Justine Dufour-Lapointe go up on the podium in Kazakhstan
ALMATY, Kazakhstan — The Quebecer Mikaël Kingsbury and Justine Dufour-Lapointe finished on a good note their season in singles on the tour of the world Cup on Saturday.
Kingsbury was awarded the silver medal, while Dufour-Lapointe won the bronze medal at the event of the moguls world Cup freestyle skiing events contested on the track of Shymbulak, Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Kingsbury, who was already guaranteed to finish in first place in the overall standings in moguls for the eighth consecutive year, had dominated the qualification and the final, but he entered the super-final with a total of 79,37 points.
“I’ve had a very good day. It is just unfortunate for the super-final, because I missed my second jump and the judges were not impressed. I think I would have deserved a better rating, he said. I’m going to resume tomorrow. This will be my 100th start in the career and as I am already assured of the two globes of crystal, there will be no pressure.”
The plodder of Two Mountains has, however, finished the season in singles with a total of 919 points, 358 better than the Japanese Ikuma Horishima, his closest pursuer in the general classification.
Horishima has signed a first victory this season after registering 81,72 points during its final descent. The Swedish Walter Wallberg completed the podium under a harvest 78,67 points.
After having climbed on the second step of the podium last week, in Japan, the Quebec Philippe Marquis did not take part in this competition.
The Canadian Gabriel Dufresne (19th), Brenden Kelly (24th), Laurent Dumais (29th), and Kerrian Chunlaud (33rd) have also shifted the track of Shymbulak during this world Cup.
Dufour-Lapointe has recorded a second podium this season. His total of 76,64 points earned him a second bronze medal in three events on the circuit of the world Cup, after the one won at Mont-Tremblant.
Dufour-Lapointe, who had attempted a new jump at the world Championships in Deer Valley, there’s less than a month, was thrilled to be able to get a good result with his new manoeuvre.
“I am very happy with my performance because this is my first podium with my new jump. In the beginning of the season, my goal was to successfully complete this jump in the world Cup and there, on the podium, it is a great day for me. I have worked hard all summer to bring it, and now it all pays,” said Dufour-Lapointe.
To his supporters, the Kazakh Yulia Galysheva has put hand on the gold medal thanks to 79,69 points. She has just gone ahead of the French Perrine Laffont (79,11), which has, nevertheless, confirmed its first position in the general ranking of the discipline.
Laffont, the olympic champion in title, has been able to raise the crystal globe for a second year in a row.
Chloé Dufour-Lapointe, the only other Canadian to start from the top of the track on Saturday, has seen its routes stop at the final, finishing 15th.
The season of the world Cup will end Sunday, following the race of the moguls.