High five! Kearney and Kingsbury win again
Like the four previous season meets, Hannah Kearney (USA) and Mikael Kingsbury (CAN) won the 5th moguls competition in the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup on Saturday in Calgary (CAN). The pair is seemingly unstoppably making their mark on the FIS World Cup mogul scene this year.
Olympic Champion Hannah Kearney (USA) extended her record streak to 12 with her win on the slopes of the Canada Olympic Park. She was joined on the podium by Montreal’s Justine Dufour-Lapointe who earned her fourth-straight second place finish and K.C. Oakley (USA) in third, claiming her first World Cup podium.
With his performance in the men's competition, 19-year-old Kingsbury is one victory away from tying the FIS World Cup record of six consecutive wins. Jeremy Cota (USA) was second on the men's side with teammate Sho Kasima in third although he injured his knee on his final round and had to make his way to the podium in a giant leg splint.
Kingsbury took the men's win in a somewhat anti-climactic super final today. He said his best run of the day was in the finals; where he pulled a huge double back flip off the top air followed by a cork 720 on the second jump.
“I’m super excited to win five in a row,” said the Deux-Montagnes, Que. native. “And it was a great event, this was the best course I’ve seen in Calgary.”
Asked whether he was feeling pressure to match Jeremy Bloom’s 2005 record of six consecutive wins, Kingsbury replied, “No, I don’t feel the pressure. It’s been a perfect season for me so far and after such a great start it doesn’t matter what happens next.” Besides, he added, “I like the pressure of being the guy to beat.”
Hannah Kearney, the ladies' season dominator, said: "I’m really happy with my skiing today, all three runs were strong and that’s the consistency I want. Skiing one amazing run and two bad runs is not going get you the win in this new format."
The 17-year-old Dufour-Lapointe was bubbling with energy after her performance., which she characterized as a turning point.
“I’m so happy, seriously I’m more than proud of myself because today I reached another level for my confidence. I worked hard and I think mentally now I am more consistent and have more control. And I’m dealing with my stress better,” she said.
FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup action continues in Calgary Sunday with the aerials event. The World Cup tour then moves back to the United States and Deer Valley Resort for the Visa Freestyle International Feb. 2-4.