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This past year has been monumental for Mikaël Kingsbury. Some of his most outstanding accomplishments included a gold and silver medal at the World Championships, two Crystal Globes and seven straight World Cup wins.

In the most impressive season of his young career, Kingsbury has been presented with the Male Athlete of the Year Award by the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association. This award goes out to the best Canadian male freestyle skier of the 2014-2015 season.

“It’s a big honour for me,” said Kingsbury. “We have the best freestyle skiing team in the world. I look up to many of those athletes on our team too. It’s a great feeling. It motivates me to do more.”

After a disappointing start to the World Cup circuit with a ninth place finish in Ruka, Finland, Kingsbury bounced back with an amazing run of seven consecutive World Cup victories.

“I told myself to stop focusing on the result and to start focusing on myself,” Kingsbury explained. “I have the ability to win all the time. From there I just tried to ski the best I possibly can and managed to win seven World Cups in a row. I felt at some point the confidence and I knew I could do it. It was pretty special.”

The 22 year-old out of Deux-Montagnes, Quebec began his win streak on home soil at a World Cup event in Calgary, Alberta. From there, he was untouchable to his competition, leading to both the Crystal Globe award for men’s moguls and the overall Crystal Globe for all men’s freestyle skiing.

“It took off a lot of pressure winning in Calgary. I like the course there. I went into Deer Valley on a high and ended up winning there to reclaim the yellow bib. I never wanted to let it go after that. It was an awesome feeling to be back on top and to aim for the Crystal Globe. To me it’s like the Stanley Cup. Winning the Crystal Globe was a big goal of mine.”

On top of all these accomplishments, Kingsbury also won the World Title in dual moguls and earned silver in the mogul competition at the World Championships in Kreischberg, Austria. His seven straight World Cup victories broke the record originally set by American Jeremy Bloom set in 2005. Kingsbury had tied the streak once before during the 2011-2012 season

“Jeremy Bloom was an amazing athlete. He was one of my idols when I was growing up,” said Kingsbury. “I used to watch him at a young age and actually remember when he got the record. I always thought it was one of the hardest records to achieve. The thought of him winning six in a row is crazy. To be able to tie it a couple years ago and now break it was an honour.”

The seventh consecutive win also marked Kingsbury’s 28th career World Cup victory, which tied the record held by French skier, Edgar Grospiron. While tying this record was a huge accomplishment, Kingsbury is determined to be the sole record holder by next season.

“For this summer I’m motivated by the all-time wins record. I know I just need one more World Cup victory. Edgar Grospiron was also an idol of mine. That’s a record I never thought I’d be at.”

In the long term, Kingsbury has his sights set on Olympic gold. While this is a major goal of his, he will take things one step at a time, continuing to work on his individual skills. Despite being the best mogul skier of the World circuit right now, he is not satisfied yet and will push himself even harder over the next few years.

“I’m just going to take things one year at a time, but I would like to improve on what I did in Sochi. I’m going to train hard and be ready. I’m still young and I still have a lot more to do in my career.”

Riddle & Sharpe

Double Halfpipe Gold in France

Cassie Sharpe and Mike Riddle both won gold in the final FIS world cup halfpipe event of the season in Tignes, France late last week. For Sharpe, it was her first world cup victory, and came against a field stacked with X Games and Olympic medalists. The gold medal for Riddle was the first time he has stood on the FIS podium since winning the silver medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Gagnon Just Off the Podium

Finishing 14th after the first run, Marie-Michele Gagnon put down the third-fastest second run of the day to move up to a 5th place final result. Just 15 hundredths of a second off the podium, it was another strong result for the Alpine Canada athlete who has five top-10 finishes on the season.

Henrich Finishes Breakout Season on a High Note

Taylor Henrich has had a historic season for Ski Jumping Canada, landing the first Canadian women’s ski jumping world cup podium earlier this year, followed by an impressive fifth place result at the World Championships in Falun, Sweden. At the final world cup event of the year, Henrich capped off a record-setting season for Ski Jumping Canada by securing her second bronze medal of the season, finishing third in Norway.

Maltais & Hill Dominate in Veysonnaz

Two-time Olympian Dominique Maltais and 2015 World Championships silver-medallist Kevin Hill were dominant at the two snowboard cross races in Veysonnaz, Switzerland over the weekend. Maltais finished 4th and 1st, respectively, in the two races, while Hill took home two medals, winning bronze in both races on Saturday and Sunday.

Moguls Women Lead the Charge in Final Event of the Season

In the last event of what has been a truly remarkable and historic season for Canada’s moguls’ team, the women put on a dominating performance in Megeve, France, finishing with five athletes in the top six. Only the gold medal was to be missed by the female Canadian contingent this day.

Canada led the way with end-of-season awards, with Mikael Kingsbury taking his fourth consecutive crystal globe as the overall points leader, Philippe Marquis finishing third overall, and Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe taking second and third overall, respectively, to conclude the season. Canada was also named the Nations Cup winner, as the leading moguls’ nation on the season.

Leman Pulls Off Slick Move to Steal Silver

In only his second podium of the season, Brady Leman pulled off a gutsy move two thirds of the way down the race course in Megeve, France to move from fourth to second in the final world cup race of the season. A strong podium finish to the season for an athlete that had five top-ten performances on the world cup circuit.

 

Nordic World Champs Pic

One of the biggest events of the nordic skiing season, the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, is just around the corner. With huge crowds, the best athletes from around the world, and a variety of events, this is a can’t-miss event for any nordic skiing fan. Read on to get familiar with the event, meet the athletes, and brush up on your knowledge of Team Canada!

Location

A city of 38,000 inhabitants, located in Sweden, Falun was named a world heritage site in 2001 by the United Nations. Falun has a history of hosting many high-level nordic skiing events, including the world championships. Currently held every other year, Falun has hosted the world championships three times – in ’54, ’74 & ’93. In 1954, an estimated 115,000 spectators watched 500 athletes from 21 nations compete, and while doing so set a record for attendance at a single winter sport event in Sweden when 50,000 watched the ski jumping final. The record wouldn’t be broken until Falun again hosted the nordic world championships, in 1993.

Falun 2015

The world championships contain three disciplines of nordic skiing – cross country, ski jumping, and nordic combined, the latter of which is a combination sport consisting of one run of ski jumping, and one run of cross country. Canada has hosted the nordic skiing world championships once, in 1995 in Thunder Bay, and this marked only the second time the event had been held outside of Europe. Spread out over eleven competition days, there are twelve different races on the programme for both men and women. The event kicks off Feb. 18th and wraps up March 1st.

Building on Success in 2013

Although Canada failed to win a medal when it hosted the event in ’95, Team Canada has since won three medals at the world championships – one gold and two bronze medals. Canada’s most accomplished cross-country skiing athlete, Alex Harvey, has won a medal in each of the last two world championships – a gold in the team sprint in 2011 in Norway with team-mate Devon Kershaw, and a bronze in the individual sprint event in 2013 in Italy.

Our Athletes

This year, Canada will look to build on its success of late at the world championships, and add to its medal count. The following athletes will represent Cross Country Canada:

Alex Harvey, Devon Kershaw, Ivan Babikov, Len Valijad, Jesse Cockney, Graeme Killick, Perianne Jones, Emily Nishikawa & Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt.

Join us in cheering on our athletes as they compete to show the world that #weownsnow

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Dustin Cook Becomes the Eighth Member of the Canadian Cowboys

After posting four top-20 results so far this season, you could tell that something great was bound to happen for Dustin Cook soon. That something occurred this past Thursday at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail-Beaver Creek when Cook secured a silver medal in the super-g race. With his first podium result at a world cup or world championships, Cook will officially be able to call himself a Canadian Cowboy, and joins an illustrious group that includes Erik Guay, John Kuchera, Francois Bourque, Benjamin Thomsen, Jan Hudec, Mike Janyk and Manuel Osborne-Paradis. Congratulations Dustin!

 

Kingsbury Rules the Podium in Val Saint-Côme

Mikaël Kingsbury has now won 26 world cup titles, but going into this weekend he had never won a world cup single mogul event in his home province of Quebec. That all changed when Kingsbury beat out Australian Matt Graham to take home the gold at a world cup event in Val Saint-Côme over the weekend. On the women’s side, Chloé Dufour-Lapointe and Audrey Robichaud took home silver and bronze, respectively, en route to helping the Canadian team secure three out of six podium spots at the event.

 

Nathan Green Inches Closer To The Podium With Clean Shooting

Biathlon Canada’s Nathan Green had the best weekend of his young career, finishing 7th and 5th in world cup events in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic over the weekend. Behind some strong shooting, which saw Green shoot clean in back-to-back events, the young 2014 Olympian posted career best results, and proved that he is a podium threat on a Canadian team brimming with young talent.

 

Chris Del Bosco Leads Canada’s Ski Cross Team in Switzerland

The Alpine Canada Ski Cross Team went 1-2 in the men’s small final on back-to-back days in Arosa, Switzerland this past weekend, led by strong results from Olympian Chris Del Bosco. Tristan Tafel won the small final on Friday to finish fifth, while Del Bosco was right behind him in sixth. On Saturday it was Del Bosco’s time to lead, winning the small final ahead of teammate Brady Leman to help Canada secure fifth and sixth place finishes once again. With the strong weekend results, Del Bosco now moves into 10th place in the overall world cup standings, while Leman leads the way for Alpine Canada in 7th place overall.

Kingsbury Kreischberg Podium Picture

If we were to sum up the month of January for our athletes in one word, it would be – wow. Our athletes proved once again that on snow, they are the best in the world. From gold medals at the X Games, to podium sweeps in Austria and making history in Germany, our team has been dominant so far this season – which makes choosing one athlete among them all as our Athlete of the Month a difficult task.

There was however one athlete who had a truly historic start to the season, and a dominant January. Your Snow Sports Canada athlete of the month for January is Mikaël Kingsbury.

Kingsbury has had an amazing month of competition in January, winning five gold medals and one silver through six competitions. Kingsbury is on top of the leaderboard with 429 points, 204 points up on fellow Canadian Philippe Marquis who sits second with 225 points. At just 22 years of age, Kingsbury is a bonafide star on the moguls world cup circuit, and will be one to watch for years to come. Congratulations on a stellar month of competition Mikaël!

Honourable Mention

  1. Marielle Thompson
  2. Justine Dufour-Lapointe

Historic Performances

  • Taylor Henrich became the first Canadian woman to stand on the ski jumping world cup podium after she finished third in a world cup event in Germany. Taylor also had another first for Canada, as she placed first in the qualification round prior to the final event. Congratulations on an historic achievement Taylor!
  • Simon d’Artois became the first Canadian to win a superpipe gold medal when he won the X Games event in Aspen. Check out Simon’s jaw-dropping winning run:

 

 

Congratulations to all of our athletes on a strong January, and let’s keep the momentum rolling into February! #weownsnow

Moguls Sweep 2

Canada has a history of producing strong moguls’ athletes. From Alexandre Bilodeau’s performance in Vancouver to bring Canada its first ever Olympic gold medal on home soil, to the emergence of the Dufour-Lapointe sisters and Mikael Kingsbury, there has been no shortage of great performances by Canadian moguls athletes.

The momentum from those games in 2010 hasn’t stopped, and the Canadian moguls’ team has continued the strong performance into the 2014-2015 season.

And what a season it has been so far! After just two months of competition they have won an incredible 16 medals on the world cup circuit, seven of which have been gold. Recent success at the World Championships in Kreischberg, Austria was highlighted by a sweep of the men’s dual moguls podium, part of a six-medal performance in Austria.

When the team heads to Lake Placid this Thursday for a FIS world cup competition it will mark the first time they have competed on this side of the Atlantic since the Deer Valley events in early January. If their track record is any indication this year, make sure to watch out for Mikael, Philippe, Justine, Chloe and the rest of the moguls’ team as they try to add more hardware to the collection. Go Canada Go!

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