The celebrated Canadian Olympic gold medallist is again.
Mikael Kingsbury, the mogul snowboarding champion in Pyeongchang, begins the 2018-19 World Cup season on Friday in Ruka, Finland.
Ending on the high of the rostrum this weekend would give Kingsbury his 50th World Cup win — an enormous milestone for the completed 26-year-old. He already holds the document on the all-time moguls wins listing after amassing his 47th World Cup victory on Jan. 10, 2018.
A 12 months in the past, Kingsbury opened a dominant season with a win in Finland and he hopes to proceed the development.
“Beginning this season nicely in Finland within the first occasion is at all times so essential,” Kingsbury informed CBC Sports activities. “If I begin nicely, I form of create momentum for the remainder of this season.”
Kingsbury, from Deux-Montagnes, Que., is aware of a factor or two about momentum. He gained his first six World Cup occasions final season on his method to amassing his seventh-straight Crystal Globe as the highest moguls athlete on the tour.
Watch Kingsbury seize gold in Pyeongchang:
As nice as final 12 months was, Kingsbury is completely happy to not have the added stress of an Olympic Video games looming over him this season.
“There may be stress that comes with my place of being the favorite to win the gold medal final 12 months,” Kingsbury mentioned.
“It was form of enjoyable this summer time to coach and not have the main focus be on one occasion or on one medal.”
Get to know Mikael Kingsbury:
There have been a number of slight bumps within the highway final season. Kingsbury got here second in his final two World Cup races, narrowly falling to Japanese skiier Ikuma Horishima.
Kingsbury is named a perfectionist on the hill and is his personal largest critic when he is not happy with a race.
“I am tremendous arduous on myself,” Kingsbury mentioned. “I am a perfectionist and when I haven’t got an excellent end result, sure I will be mad, however I will be mad at myself.”
Nevertheless, Kingsbury understands correctly channel his anger with a purpose to enhance.
“I will be mad for 5 to 10 minutes,” Kingsbury mentioned. “After that, I can breathe and begin interested by what I’ve achieved mistaken and transferring on to strive to bounce again for the subsequent occasion.”
Fellow Canadians Justine Dufour-Lapointe and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe are additionally set to compete in Finland this weekend.
Justine was the silver medallist within the girls’s occasion in Pyeongchang after her and Chloe memorably went one-two on the Sochi Video games in 2014.
CBC Sports activities will stream dwell protection of the freestyle snowboarding World Cup from Ruka on Friday at 9:30 a.m. ET.