PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA—When Mikaël Kingsbury crossed the line on his final moguls run there was one skier still to go, but his coach was already celebrating. Because Rob Kober knew Kingsbury had just put down a gold-medal run at the Olympic Winter Games.
It’s easy to forgive Kober for flouting sporting niceties, given that Kingsbury’s gold medal lifts a burden he’s been carrying for the last four years.
Kingsbury went into the 2014 Sochi Games as the most dominant skier in the world. But he finished with a silver medal behind Canadian Alexandre Bilodeau, who was coached separately from the national team. Kober thinks that if he’d prepared Kingsbury just a little better, that outcome might have been different.
“I had a little overly exuberant celebration up there, and Daichi (Hara) is a great skier,” Kober said afterwards, about the Japanese skier who would take bronze behind Australia’s Matt Graham, who won silver.
Kingsbury, from Deux-Montagnes, Que., scored 86.63 in the third and final run to take top spot. Australia’s Matt Graham took silver with 82.57 while Daichi Hara captured bronze with 82.19.
The World Cup leader and Sochi Games silver medallist, was the top qualifier after scoring 86.07 points Friday.
Kingsbury has won six straight World Cup season titles and is on track for a seventh.
– The Canadian Press
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