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Canada takes four medals at mogul finals

Mar. 18, 2012
MEGEVE, FRANCE (MARCH 18, 2012) – Canada held fast to its reputation as a freestyle nation as the Canadian National Mogul Team earned four medals in the FIS World Cup final and the country took home the 2012 Nations Cup here today. Nineteen-year-old Mikael Kingsbury wrapped up his season in dominating fashion – winning a medal at every World Cup, including a silver in today’s dual moguls. It was just a formality after a season that included eight wins, four silvers and a bronze; but the Deux-Montagnes, Que. native also took home the Crystal Globe for moguls and the overall globe for all freestyle disciplines. Patrick Deneen of the US edged Kingsbury in today’s final dual to take he gold after the grand-prix points leader bobbled. It was an all-Canadian small final, as Terrebonne, Que.’s Marc-Antoine Gagnon rivaled Langley, B.C.’s Eddie Hicks for the bronze. Hicks fell on the top portion of the course giving Gagnon his first-career World Cup podium. Gagnon, who lost to Kingsbury in the semi-finals, was ecstatic. “It feels so good, I’ve had a couple really good results this year but I never had a podium, and today I skied super good,” said Gagnon who believes the strength of the Canadian team comes rests on their close personal connections. “Everyone is talented and what helps us the most is during the summer when we train all together with good chemistry. You can see it in the results,” said Gagnon. Hicks finished the day fourth, his best showing for the season. Cedric Rochon of St. Sauveur, Que. was seventh and Quebec City’s Philippe Marquis was ninth. On the women’s side, action was just as exciting as Justine Dufour-Lapointe took her first victory of the year with a lightening fast final dual against Miki Ito, from Japan. [caption id="attachment_5197" align="alignright" width="235" caption="Justine Dufour-Lapointe en route to victory"][/caption] Justine’s big sister Chloé won the bronze medal in the small final against Ekaterina Stolyarova of Russia. The two Dufour-Lapointe sisters sandwiched Ito on the podium, the first time two sisters have shared that honor at a World Cup competition. “I’m really stoked that I finish with a gold medal this year, I can’t be more happy about my season, also I finished the grand prix second in the world,” exclaimed Justine. She added, “It’s been amazing this year. I had a really good relationship with my coaches. (Coach) Marc André (Moreau) knows me well and I can have complete confidence in him.” [caption id="attachment_5201" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Justine and Chloe Dufour Lapointe"][/caption] Both sisters, who reside in Montreal, Que., were thrilled to stand together on the podium. “With Chloé it was so cool, we love each other so much and it was so great to share that with her,” said Justine. Chloé added that she was also very proud of her performance here and “had a lot of fun” on the French course in fresh snow. Quebec City’s Audrey Robichaud was the next Canadian woman in ninth; the eldest Dufour-Lapointe sister was 14th; NorAm Cup winner Andi Naude from Okanagan Falls, B.C. ws 16th in her first World Cup performance; Spruce Grove, Alberta’s Chelsea Henitiuk was 17th and Alexandra Dufresne from Lorraine, Que. was 20th. With 1,180 points for the season, Kingsbury easily earned the mogul Crystal Globe over Deneen who earned 715 points. Kingsbury also won the overall prize as the top male freestyle skier in the world with 90.77 points, besting teammate aerialist Olivier Rochon, who earned the aerials Crystal Globe yesterday and had 55 overall points. On his way to the mogul and grand prix prizes, Kingsbury broke or matched numerous FIS records. For a male mogul skier he is the youngest to win a Crystal Globe; he has had the most podiums in a season (13); he is the second man to podium at every competition in a season, Russia’s Sergei Shupletsov podiumed at all nine World Cups in 1995; Kingsbury also matched the record held by American Jeremy Bloom for the most consecutive World Cup wins, at six. Canadian Freestyle Ski Association CEO Peter Judge marveled at Kingsbury’s showing, “I have to say that his performance this year has been monumental. You would certainly be able to conceive of a performance from someone as skilled with a significant amount of experience – like (Hannah Kearney of the US who won the women’s globe). You could dream that this kind of season long performance might be possible– and then you would wake up.  To have the kind of dominant season that Mik has had, given his relative experience (it’s only his second full season on the World Cup tour) and the change to the new format with the super final that requires so many more runs to actually get to the prize each week, his year has been truly unbelievable …. “I think what makes it quite surreal is that both (Kearney) and Mik have had the same kind of season – making it look so easy, so common place and yet is it all so extraordinary,” said Judge. What else is extraordinary is the depth of Canadian mogul talent: five Canadian men finished in the top-ten of the grand prix rankings; three Canadian women were in the top six. For his part, Kingsbury was proud of himself but magnanimous about where the praise for his season belongs. “When I received the Globe it was like, kind of like an Olympic medal or the best moment for me in sports.” said Kingsbury, “I want to say thanks to my coach Rob (Kober) for the season that we did together, he helped me and we have a very good connection together “And to my teammates too, they pushed me all season, they skied great, they were with me almost all the time on the podium so it was fun to share with all those guys and they’re kind of responsible too for my Globe because they helped me a lot.” American Hannah Kearney was the overall and discipline winner on the women’s side. She also had a remarkable season with 11 wins out of 13 competitions, her record-breaking 16 World Cup winning streak being broken by Quebec City’s Audrey Robichaud in Japan in February. Kearney was fifth here after losing a dual to Ito. Kearney finished the season with 1,195 points in ladies moguls. Justine Dufour-Lapointe took second spot in the overall, with 732 points. Canada won the Freestyle Nations Cup for the seventh time in as many years with 6,886 points over second-place USA that earned 5,832. Canadian Mogul and Aerial Team members wrap up the 2012 season next weekend at the Canada Post Canadian National Championships in Val St. Come, Quebec. ---------------- AGATE   MOGULS WORLD CUP FINALS MARCH 17, 2012 – MEGEVE, FRANCE     Complete FIS World Cup Results: http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/1228.html?event_id=29770&cal_suchsector=FS   Top 16 and Canadian Results:   WOMEN   WOMEN
Position Name Nation
1 DUFOUR-LAPOINTE Justine Montreal, Que.
2 ITO Miki JPN
3 DUFOUR-LAPOINTE Chloe Montreal, Que.
7 MCPHIE Heather USA
9 ROBICHAUD Audrey Quebec City
13 LOWEREE Brittany USA
14 DUFOUR-LAPOINTE Maxime Montreal, Que.
16 NAUDE Andi Okanagan Falls, B.C.
17 HENITIUK Chelsea Spruce Grove, Alta
20 DUFRESNE Alexandra Lorraine, Que
Position Name Nation
1 DENEEN Patrick USA
2 KINGSBURY Mikael Deux-Montagnes, Que.
3 GAGNON Marc-Antoine Terrebonne, Que.
4 HICKS Eddie Langley, B.C.
5 COTA Jeremy USA
7 ROCHON Cedric St. Sauveur, Que.
9 MARQUIS Philippe Quebec City
10 WILSON Bradley USA
      COMPLETE FIS 2012 SEASON RESULTS AVAILABLE AT: http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/disciplines/freestyle/cupstandings.html     FIS MOGUL WORLD CUP CANADIAN MOGUL TEAM FINAL 2012 PLACINGS (Full Canadian Freestyle Team 2012 results available at: http://freestyleski.com/results/results-by-athlete/)   WOMEN
Name Hometown 2012 FIS World Cup Mogul Ranking
DUFOUR-LAPOINTE Justine Montreal, Que. 2
DUFOUR-LAPOINTE Chloe Montreal, Que. 5
ROBICHAUD Audrey Quebec City, Que. 6
HENITIUK Chelsea Spruce Grove, Alta 13
DUFOUR-LAPOINTE Maxime Montreal, Que. 15
DUFRESNE Alexandra Lorraine, Que 23
BILODEAU, Beatrice Rosemere, Que. 29
HAMEL, Christel St. Sauveur, Que. 40
Name Hometown 2012 FIS World Cup Mogul Ranking
KINGSBURY Mikael Deux-Montagnes, Que. 1
MARQUIS Philippe Quebec City, Que. 4
GAGNON Marc-Antoine Terrebonne, Que. 5
ROCHON Cedric St. Sauveur, Que. 9
HICKS Eddie Langley, B.C. 10
BILODEAU, Alex Rosemere, Que. 17
GAGNE, P-O Montreal, Que. 37
LEMIEUX, Simon Repentigny, Que. 47
POULIOT-CAVANAGH, Simon Quebec City, Que. 55

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