Canadian mogul skiing star looking for final piece on his resume at PyeongChang 2018
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea-- At the age of 24, Canadian moguls star Mikael Kingsbury has achieved almost everything.
Kingsbury is considered one of the most decorated moguls skiers of all time. He is the five-time reigning overall International Ski Federation (FIS) Freestyle Ski World Cup champion and boasts a record 38 World Cup titles.
The 2009-2010 season FIS World Cup Rookie of the Year is also the only skier to win both the moguls and dual moguls titles at the world championships. Kingsbury has six world championship medals, most among any other mogul skier in the world.
However, there's one thing missing on his resume: an Olympic gold medal. At the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, Kingsbury settled for silver.
After winning a test event for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics on Saturday, Kingsbury said he is ready to claim the gold medal next year.
"With the win, I think I put myself in a very good position," he said after winning the moguls event at the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, some 180 kilometers east of Seoul. "I took as much information as I could. I'm ready for the Olympics next year."
Kingsbury had a narrow victory at Phoenix Snow Park, the venue of freestyle skiing and snowboard events for the upcoming Winter Games.
He scored 86.71 points in his final run, barely beating Dimitriy Reiherd of Kazakhstan by 0.01 point. The victory ensured his top dog status in the World Cup rankings.
"I did make some little mistakes in the super final, so I decided to go as fast as I could, and I think that made the difference for me," he said. "It was very tight, but all that matters is that I did win in my way, and I'm happy about that."
This wasn't Kingsbury's first visit to PyeongChang. He previously visited the South Korean alpine town in 2015 with the Canadian Olympic Committee officials to look around the venues.
"I have no bad words about PyeongChang and South Korea right now," he said. "I think the food is great, (and) the people are very nice. I enjoyed my trip here."
For Kingsbury, the course was also satisfying.
"The snow here was amazing, and I really liked it," he said. "It's a great Olympic course and hopefully it will be like that next year."
Kingsbury's next stop is Japan, where he will be looking for his sixth World Cup win of the season. And next month in Spain, he will try to add another world title.
"I'm not very concerned about the result at the world championships," he said. "I just need to focus on my skiing, because that's the only thing that I can control."
Even if he fails to win the gold medal in PyeongChang next year, Kingsbury will still remain as one of the best mogul skiers. But the Quebec-native says his best is yet to come.
"It's nice to know that I'm still young, and I'm not at my best yet," he said. "It'll be cool when I have some records that will be untouchable."
Source: Yonhap News Agency