Even the previous king of the moguls Jean-Luc Brassard can not imagine what Mikael Kingsbury has achieved up to now 12 months.
“It must be tough for other people to figure it out because it’s tough for me to figure out what Mikael has done,” Brassard stated Friday. “It’s beyond imagination.”
This week, the 25-year-old Kingsbury swept a couple of occasions at the treacherous moguls route at Utah’s Deer Valley Resort, working his streak of World Cup wins to 13. The remaining time he did not win used to be Jan. 28, 2017.
The Deux-Montagnes, Que., skier used to be coming off a win Jan. 6 in Calgary, then gained two times on a Deer Valley route that Brassard likens to Kitzbuehl, Germany for alpine skiers, who imagine it the sector’s hardest downhill observe.
“That course is a nightmare,” stated Brassard, 45, the 1994 Olympic moguls champion who does color statement on freestyle snowboarding on French-language tv.
‘He made it glance simple’
Kingsbury gained the primary race handily over Sho Endo of Japan, however in the second one, his two closest competitors Dmitriy Reikherd of Kazakhstan and Matt Graham of Australia submit forged ratings.
With no room for error, Kingsbury flew down the hill, nailed his jumps and gained with a excellent 88.eight issues, greater than 5 issues forward of second-place Reikherd.
“It was one of the greatest races of his career,” stated Brassard, a local of Valleyfield, Que. “He made it look easy.”
Kingsbury is the 3rd in a succession of Canadian moguls greats after Brassard and Alex Bilodeau of Rosemere, Que., the 2010 and 2014 Olympic champion. It used to be Bilodeau who nipped Kingsbury for gold in Sochi, Russia 4 years in the past.
Awaiting Olympic gold
Now Kingsbury would be the heavy favorite for Olympic gold subsequent month in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Brassard stated Kingsbury’s skill and his exceptional skill to soak up the pounding that knees tackle a moguls route shall be onerous to beat. Kingsbury additionally completes probably the most tough stage of jumps that carry the best possible ratings.
He used to be involved earlier than the primary race in Deer Valley that Kingsbury may well be getting cocky when he glanced on the TV digital camera earlier than the beginning, however he used to be all industry for the second one when he knew he had to ski his very best.
Brassard is extra nervous about the remaining of the Canadian moguls crew. The sports activities will get best investment from the Own The Podium program according to previous luck, however Kingsbury has been the one constant winner this season. Andi Naude of Penticton, B.C. has been the highest performer at the ladies’s facet, however she shall be in a struggle for a medal in Pyeongchang.