From FIS-Ski reports
CALGARY — Coming back after the holidays break, the first FIS Freestyle moguls World Cup of 2019 went down on Saturday in Calgary with Yulia Galysheva of Kazakhstan and Mikael Kingsbury of Canada taking the wins at the iconic WinSport Canada Olympic Park.
Brad Wilson of Butte, Montana, sped into his first Super Final of the season and placed sixth in the final standings. It was the highest placing by a United States skier as he bettered teammate and Coloradan Casey Andringa of Colorado by one spot. Wilson, a two-time Olympian, ranks ninth on the World Cup circuit.
Saturday marked the 10th consecutive time that the moguls World Cup was back in action in Calgary at the venue with one of the richest history in the freestyle skiing, where moguls made its Olympic debut back in 1988.
In the women’s’ event Yulia Galysheva came on top of the ranking, showing consistent and solid skiing throughout the day and keeping her best run for the big final. It was the fourth World Cup victory for Galysheva and her first top spot in the 2018/2019 season.
“It is a great start into the new season with the win here”, said Galysheva, “I like Calgary and skiing here and I’m super happy how it all turned out today. I’m looking forward to the next competition in Lake Placid.”
Second place on the day went to Perrine Laffont of France, while Jaelin Kauf of the United States rounded out the women’s podium in third.
Laffont also claimed back the yellow World Cup leader bib leading the way with 320 points after four competitions. Kauf is second in the ranking with 305 points, Galysheva sits in third with 290 points.
Switching over to the men’s event Mikael Kingsbury went for his fourth consecutive victory this season, prevailing yet once again on the course in Calgary. It was Kingsbury’s eighth victory at Canada Olympic Park since he first topped the podium here in 2011.
Despite challenging conditions that saw some of the favorites struggling, Kingsbury dominated the competition from qualifications through to the super final, lifting his total World Cup wins up to 53.
“I’m four-for-four, so it’s a good start to the season, and it’s good because it gives me a chance to pull ahead in overall standings,” Kingsbury said. “But the best part is that I’m feeling better and better on my skis, which is cool.”
Walter Wallberg of Sweden finished the competition behind Kingsbury in second place for his second finish in top-3 this season.
The 2018 Olympic bronze medallist, Daichi Hara ,was third on the day earning his career’s first ever World Cup podium.
In the moguls World Cup ranking Kingsbury sits comfortably in the first place with 400 points. Second in the standings, Benjamin Cavet of France has 230 points while Wallberg, with his second-,place finish in Calgary is now ranked third with 200 points.
The FIS Freestyle Ski moguls World Cup action continues next week in Lake Placid, New York, with the finals scheduled for Friday, January 18.
— compiled by Bruce Sayler for buttesports.com