Sho Kashima of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., is helped onto the bronze medal podium by medical staff after injuring his knee in moguls finals at the Canada Post Grand Prix Freestyle Ski World Cup in Calgary on Saturday. (photo: Mike Ridewood/Canadian Freestyle Association)

Kingsbury Wins 5th Straight Mogul World Cup, Kearney Gets 12th

Calgary (AB), Canada - Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury and America’s Hannah Kearney earned goldmedals in World Cup mogul skiing in Calgary on Saturday. The pair seem unstoppable in making their mark on the FIS World Cup mogul scene this year.

With his performance at the Canada Post Grand Prix at Canada Olympic Park, Quebec’s 19-year-old Kingsbury is one gold medal away from tying the FIS World Cup record of six consecutive wins.

Scoring 24.30, Kingsbury took the win in a somewhat anti-climactic super final. Jeremy Cota, of Carrabassett Valley, Maine, was second at 23.94; while the rest of the competition – South Lake Tahoe, Calif.’s Sho Kashima and Sho Endo of Japan fell in the final round, winding up third and fourth, consecutively.

“I’m pretty excited, it was a long day,” said a tired Cota. “I qualified for finals in sixth, so tactically made the choice to add a different jump to the top, with a higher degree of difficulty. I was really happy with the way I skied and did a new jump in competition, a back double full.”

Sho Kashima of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., is helped onto the bronze medal podium by medical staff after injuring his knee in moguls finals at the Canada Post Grand Prix Freestyle Ski World Cup in Calgary on Saturday. (photo: Mike Ridewood/Canadian Freestyle Association)

Sho Kashima of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., is helped onto the bronze medal podium by medical staff after injuring his knee in moguls finals at the Canada Post Grand Prix Freestyle Ski World Cup in Calgary on Saturday. (photo: Mike Ridewood/Canadian Freestyle Association)

It was the third podium result of the World Cup season for Kashima. Unfortunately he injured his knee on his final round and had to make his way to the podium in a giant leg splint.

Kingsbury 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, Quebec 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 American 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.”

On the women’s side, Vermont’s Kearney continued to dominate the field and won today with a score of 24.82 to extend her FIS Freestyle World Cup record streak to 12. Montreal’s Justine Dufour-Lapointe earned her fourth-straight silver medal with a score of 23.11 while Kearney’s teammate K.C. Oakley, of Piedmont, Calif., was third at 22.06 for her first World Cup podium performance.

“I’m really happy with my skiing today, all three runs were strong and that’s the consistency I want,” said Kearney. “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 today’s 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.

“It was great, you never know when it’s going to come, but I had an awesome finals run today,” said Oakley of her World Cup podium debut. “Also I had the two of the quickest runs of the day, which helped me a lot. This was a steeper longer course and that really fit my skiing.”

The World Cup Moguls tour now moves to Deer Valley Resort in Utah for the Feb. 2-4 Visa Freestyle International.

OFFICIAL RESULTS
FIS Freestyle World Cup
Calgary (AB), Canada – Jan. 28, 2012
Moguls

Men:

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Result Level Points
 1  1  2484937 KINGSBURY Mikael 1992 CAN  24.30  1000.00
 2  2  2484727 COTA Jeremy 1988 USA  23.94  800.00
 3  3  2417855 KASHIMA Sho 1986 USA  5.23  600.00
 4  12  2484861 ENDO Sho 1990 JPN  500.00
 5  9  2484952 GAGNON Marc-Antoine 1991 CAN  23.79  450.00
 6  4  2407670 BENNA Anthony 1987 FRA  23.75  400.00
 7  7  2369161 DOLGODVOROV Denis 1982 RUS  23.63  360.00
 8  10  2485221 WILSON Bradley 1992 USA  23.46  320.00
 9  11  2482554 VOLKOV Sergey 1987 RUS  23.44  290.00
 10  14  2484677 ROCHON Cedric 1990 CAN  23.24  260.00

Women:

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Result Level Points
 1  1  2328513 KEARNEY Hannah 1986 USA  24.82  1000.00
 2  2  2485348 DUFOUR-LAPOINTE Justine 1994 CAN  23.11  800.00
 3  7  2438419 OAKLEY K C 1988 USA  22.06  600.00
 4  21  2329677 ROBICHAUD Audrey 1988 CAN  21.76  500.00
 5  6  2481681 STOLYAROVA Ekaterina 1988 RUS  23.59  450.00
 6  20  2485019 RAKHIMOVA Regina 1985 RUS  23.43  400.00
 7  35  2175252 UEMURA Aiko 1979 JPN  23.36  360.00
 8  12  2379346 HENITIUK Chelsea 1987 CAN  23.03  320.00
 9  3  2267596 SUDOVA Nikola 1982 CZE  23.00  290.00
 10  5  2329386 OUTTRIM Eliza 1985 USA  22.94  260.00

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