Canadian mogulists lead way into Kreischberg world championships
KREISCHBERG, AUT – The freestyle skiing event of the Kreischberg 2015 Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships gets underway Sunday morning with moguls qualifications ahead Sunday afternoon's finals, and two Canadians lead the way into the biggest competition of the year.
Justine Dufour-Lapointe comes into the world championships as the hottest skier on the ladies' circuit, having won the last World Cup event in Deer Valley, USA, in a head-to-head dual moguls match-up with legendary US skier Hannah Kearney. It was a strong win, as Justine was able to ski a smooth run while matched up against her biggest rival in front of a huge pro-USA Deer Valley crowd, and it vaulted Justine ahead of both Kearney and her sister Chloe Dufour-Lapointe and into the yellow bib as the moguls World Cup leader
Kearney, however, has six world championships podiums to her name, and should be back in top form and tough to beat as she looks to defend her Voss 2013 gold medal.
In the men's event, the Mikael Kingsbury train continues to pick up speed, as the 22-year-old phenom now has three straight wins on the season, including back-to-back Deer Valley titles in the moguls and dual moguls competitions. Kingsbury did it all in Deer Valley, skiing faster and smoother than his rivals and consistently logging the best air scores of the night.
At this point, it looks like the only thing that will keep Kingsbury from matching last weekend's Deer Valley performance at the Kreischberg World Ski Championships is Kingsbury himself, as his runs, when put down cleanly, are unbeatable thus far in 2014/15.
Early-season yellow bib-holder Sho Endo (JPN) suffered a hard crash in training in Deer Valley and has been forced to withdraw from Kreischberg 2015 as a result. With Endo not competing, it's going to be up to the likes of Patrick Deneen (USA), Matt Graham (AUS), and Kingsbury's teammate Philippe Marquis (CAN) to put pressure on the man at the top.
Ladies' moguls qualifications get underway at 9:15CET on Sunday, followed immediately by the men. Finals from Kreischberg will then proceed at 14:00CET.
Current ladies' World Cup standings can be found HERE
Current men's World Cup standings can be found HERE
TV exposure for moguls and all other events can be found HERE