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Gold medalist Mikael Kingsbury of Canada celebrates winning the freestyle skiing men's moguls final on Day 3 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on Monday in Pyeongchang-gun.
Mikaël Kingsbury, the Quebec native, adds Olympic gold to his long list of achievements. Kingsbury was the silver medalist in the 2014 games in Sochi.
The 25-year-old from Deux-Montagnes was the top scorer in Friday’s qualification round for Olympic moguls. In the first of the three final rounds, Kingsbury placed fourth with a score of 81.27. But the men were all tightly packed with just 1.45 points separating him from first place.
In his second run where the field was narrowed to the final 12 he scored 82.19, putting him in the lead briefly and into the six-man super final.
In the final, Kingsbury was the fourth of six down the hill and he scored 86.63, earning him first place, a standing that would hold up to make him the Olympic champion.
Canada makes history as well, with Kingsbury's gold and his 2014 teammate, Alex Bilodeau winning gold both in 2014 and in 2010, Canada is the first country to win the same freestyle skiing event at three consecutive games.
According to Team Canada, since winning silver behind teammate Alex Bilodeau at Sochi 2014, Kingsbury has become the most dominant moguls skier in the world. He has won six straight Crystal Globes as the overall World Cup champion for both moguls and all of freestyle skiing. Just last month, he became the all-time winningest moguls skier in World Cup history after recording his 48th career victory.
Kingsbury's other achievements include:
Olympic Winter Games: 2014 – SILVER (moguls)
FIS World Championships: 2017 – BRONZE (moguls), 13th (dual moguls) 2015 - SILVER (moguls), GOLD (dual moguls); 2013 – GOLD (moguls), SILVER (dual moguls); 2011 – BRONZE (moguls), SILVER (dual moguls)