Mikael Kingsbury is the prototypical Canadian freestyler. Young, fast, and from Quebec, the 23 year old mogulist went, in two years, from being the 2010 FIS Freestyle World Cup rookie of the year to claiming the 2012 Freestyle overall Crystal Globe for top skier in all disciplines.
Along the way, Mikael took 2nd-place in the 2011 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships at Deer Valley, USA, and then tied Jeremy Bloom's (USA) record for most consecutive wins by a male freestyle skier when he won six World Cups in row to start off the 2011-12 season.
In 2012-13 Mikael picked up right where he left off, taking the first of what would end up being six victories on the season to go along with two 3rd-place and one 2nd-place finish for a total of 11 podiums in 14 events. His 2012-13 performance was good enough to again take him to the top of the FIS Freestyle World Cup ranking and win him his second consecutive overall Crystal Globe.
At the 2012-13 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships in Voss, NOR, Mikael was able to claim his first World Championship title in the moguls competition, followed shortly after by a silver in the dual moguls event in a thrilling competition that saw the young man from Sainte-Agathe, Quebec, matched up against his teammate, mentor, and Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games gold medal winner Alex Bilodeau in an all-star final.
With the resurgent Bilodeau's win in that competition the friendly rivalry between Kingsbury and Bilodeau took on new significance, and it was certainly one of the most compelling storylines of 2013/14
That storyline came to a head at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, where Kingsbury and Bilodeau went shot-for-shot in one of the great battles of the Games. While Bilodeau emerged victories in that event, Kingsbury's silver medal will almost certainly not be the last piece of Olympic hardware for the explosive skier.
2014/15 saw Mik continue to dominate the men's moguls field, taking a gold and a silver at the Krieschberg 2015 Freestyle World Ski Championships, setting a new World Cup record with seven consecutive wins, and tying Edgar Gropiron's all-time World Cup win record by the time things were all said and done.
In 2015/16 Kingsbury made short work of Grospiron's record, winning the opener in Ruka to claim sole possession of top spot on the all-time wins list, before going on to claim four more victories and podiums in all but one of the season's events to once again take both the moguls and Freestyle overall crystal globes.
Which means that Kingsbury has now been the top man in all of Freestyle for five straight years - a record that, like his all-times win benchmark - seems destined to be expanded upon once again in 2016/17.
To put it simply, Kingsbury dominates his chosen sport like few other athletes on the planet, and the 2016/17 season will be a time to watch him prove it once again.
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