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Canada's Mikael Kingsbury grabs second gold at world championships

DEER VALLEY, Utah — Canada's Mikael Kingsbury is a double world champion in 2019. The Deux-Montagnes, Que.

DEER VALLEY, Utah — Canada's Mikael Kingsbury is a double world champion in 2019.

The Deux-Montagnes, Que., native captured gold on Saturday in the dual moguls event at the FIS World Freestyle Ski Championships — just a day after taking first in moguls singles. 

It's the first time Kingsbury, who was competing in his fifth world championships, has won both moguls titles at the worlds. He had won each discipline before with singles in 2013 and dual in 2015.

"In 2017 in Sierre Nevada, I remember being in admiration of Ikuma Horishima when he won both titles, because no one before him had managed to do so in the same year," said Kingsbury. "And now I'm doing it this year. I am speechless. I now have four world championship titles, it's incredible."

The 26-year-old also holds four major world mogul titles, including Olympic champion and 2018 World Cup overall champion in addition to his world titles won this weekend.

Kingsbury won in the grand final ahead of American Bradley Wilson. 

Wilson was the first to cross the finish line, but the Canadian showed better technical control and scored 87.62 points, compared to 84.69 for his rival.

The bronze medal went to the Japan's Daichi Hara.

In the women's event, Sofiane Gagnon of Whistler, B.C., and Montreal's Justine Dufour-Lapointe both had their competition come to an end in the round of 16, finishing in 10th and 12th, respectively.

"The course here in Deer Valley is a real challenge, the bumps are huge, so one of the main challenges here is to win against the bumps," said Dufour-Lapointe. "I'm happy with my last run, I did a big 360, but I had an edge problem and I went a little off my track, and that's what made the difference."

The dual moguls women's crown was won by Perrine Laffont of France, who beat Jaelin Kauf of the United States in the final. American Tess Johnson took bronze.

The Canadian Press

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