Freestyle skiing | Mikaël Kingsbury overtakes Ingemar Stenmark in the record books

By winning the 87e victory of his career in the World Cup, hard worker Mikaël Kingsbury (82.17) has once again entered his name in the record books. Thursday evening, at the World Cup in Deer Valley, Utah, the athlete from Deux-Montagnes climbed to the highest step of the podium in the individual event to beat the Japanese Ikuma Horishima (79.15) and the Swede Filip Gravenfors (78.80).

The Quebecer is now ahead of Swedish alpine skier Ingemar Stenmark in terms of the number of World Cup victories.

In 12 starts this season, the King of Moguls has 11 podiums, including 7 victories.

Julien Viel, from Quebec, stopped in the first final and concluded his day at 12e rank. Elliot Vaillancourt (22e) and Gabriel Dufresne (31e) were stopped during qualifying.

On the women’s side, Laurianne Desmarais-Gilbert (65.15) was the country’s best representative, as she took eighth place, missing out on her place in the six superfinalists by just 0.73 points. This is the best international result of her career and the first time she has broken through to the top 10 in a World Cup.

The skier from Sainte-Adèle placed tenth in the parallel event at last year’s world championships.

The American Olivia Giaccio (75.42) won the superfinal, beating her compatriot Jaelin Kauf (70.87) and the Japanese Hinako Tomitaka (67.33). Note that the bronze medalist was the only one of the six superfinalists not part of the American team.

The action will resume on Friday with the presentation of the aerials event where several Quebecers will be registered. Men and women workers will be back on the track on Saturday in the parallel event.

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