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Freestyle skiing |  Mikael Kingsbury overtakes Ingmar Stenmark in the record books

Freestyle skiing | Mikael Kingsbury overtakes Ingmar Stenmark in the record books

Winning 87H Following his career World Cup win, hard-working Mikael Kingsbury (82.17) has once again entered his name into the record books. On Thursday evening, at the World Championships in Deer Valley, Utah, the athlete from Deux Montagne climbed to the top of the podium in singles, defeating Japan's Ikoma Horishima (79.15) and Sweden's Philipp Gravenfors (78.80).


The Quebecer now leads Swedish alpine skier Ingemar Stenmark in terms of World Cup victories.

“87H “The victory, it’s unbelievable,” Kingsbury said. I didn't think about it until I saw number one come up. I have no words to explain being the athlete with the most victories in the FIS World Cup. »

In 12 starts this season, the Mongolian King has achieved 11 podium finishes, including 7 victories.

“The last few days, it seemed like I was on Quebec time, and since we're here racing late, so I had trouble getting power during qualifying,” Kingsbury added. It's especially difficult in Deer Valley, because you can't see the trail very much. But I did well to qualify for the finals in 2H position.

“In the final, the conditions were complicated, but we adopted good strategies with my team members to get as many points as possible. I'm really happy with the way I skated.

“There is one game left and I am 30 points behind (500 to 530). The ball is in my court. In recent years, I have protected the yellow jersey and Ikoma Horishima followed me, and there we reversed the situation. I will give him a hard time until the end. »

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Julien Viel, of Quebec, stopped in the first final and concluded his day in the twelfthH Rank. Elliot Vaillancourt (22H) and Gabrielle Dufresne (31H) was discontinued during the playoffs.

On the women's side, Lorient Desmarais Gilbert (65.15) was the country's best representative, finishing in eighth place, missing out on her place in the final six qualifiers by only 0.73 points. This is the best international result of her career and the first time she has qualified for the World Championships Top 10 in the world Cup.

The skater from St Adele finished 10th in the parallel event at last year's world championships.

American Olivia Giaccio won the super final title (75.42), defeating her compatriot Jaylen Cove (70.87) and Japanese Hinako Tomitaka (67.33). Note that the bronze medalist was the only one of the six finalists who was not part of the American team.

The event will resume on Friday with an air show event where many Quebecers will be registered. Male and female workers will get back on track on Saturday in the parallel event.