Tazawako, Japan, February 18, 2017 – The moguls team is in Tazawako this weekend to take part in two more competitions on the Asian leg of the World Cup circuit. A single moguls event took place Saturday afternoon in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd. Canadians once again shone, with yet another victory for Mikaël Kingsbury, and second and third places for Philippe Marquis and Andi Naude, respectively.
Philippe Marquis was happy to once again step on the podium with the silver medal, next to his good friend and teammate Mikaël Kingsbury.
“I had a great day today. It feels great to win a second medal in a row after my silver at Pyeongchang last week, where I also skied very well, but it feels even better to know that we have made the right decisions. The snow was really sticky today; we had to be strategic and it paid off!”
On the ladies side, Andi Naude carried her momentum from last week to win another bronze medal in single moguls in as many weeks.
“I did three solid runs, two of them with a back full on the top air. Tomorrow, we’ll compete in duals here and I am looking forward to be back on the course.”
With this 39th victory, Mikaël Kingsbury not only is assured his sixth consecutive Crystal globe, but he also breaks Eric Laboureix’ record for the most victories overall in freestyle skiing on the FIS World Cup circuit. The Deux-Montagnes skier was happy with his strategy today, which earned him his sixth victory of the season.
“The moguls were not easy today but it kept get getting better with every run. I followed the plan and did a cork 1080 on the top air and a cork 720 on the bottom. It was the first time that I did it this way in single moguls competition and it earned me a better air score. I think that I will do the same again in the future.”
The dual moguls competition will be held tomorrow afternoon (Japan local time). Live scoring will be available on www.fis-ski.com. Tazawako is the second last stop on the FIS World Cup circuit this season.
Manager, Athlete Relations