RUKA, Finland — Mikael Kingsbury began his moguls season with a World Cup gold medal on Saturday and Audrey Robichaud took silver in the women’s competition.
The 25-year-old Kingsbury, from 24-year-old from Deux-Montagnes, Que., won with 87.45 points.
Already pre-nominated for the Pyeongchang Games by Freestyle Canada, Kingsbury is now officially going to the 2018 Winter Olympics in February.
He was well ahead of Kazakhstan’s Dmitriy Reikherd (85.11) and Pavel Kolmakov (84.44).
Marc-Antoine Gagnon (80.45) of Terrebonne, Que., placed fifth, Quebec City’s Philippe Marquis (74.05) was 16th, Kerrian Chunland (73.45) of Ste-Foy, Que., came 20th.
Quebec City’s Laurent Dumais (73.13) was 22nd and Simon Lemieux (68.51) of Repentigny, Que., finished 30th.
On the women’s side, Robichaud, from Quebec City, finished behind Australia’s Britteny Cox (80.32) and ahead of Russia’s Marika Pertakhiya (74.59).
Andi Naude of Penticton, B.C., finished just off the podium with 73.04 points and Montreal’s Justine Dufour-Lapointe (77.73) came seventh.
Alex-Anne Gagnon (72.74) of Terrebonne was 13th, Chloe Dufour-Lapointe (69.00) placed 18th, and Maxime Dufour-Lapointe (36.44) finished 44th.
The Canadian Press
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