Kingsbury takes Crystal Globe, final World Cup event cancelled due to fog

By The Canadian Press
March 3, 2019 - 8:30am

ALMATY, Kazakhstan — Canada's Mikael Kingsbury earned his eighth Crystal Globe title Sunday without having to compete in the season-ending moguls World Cup event.

The dual moguls competition was cancelled due to thick fog at the venue.

"Conditions were hazardous today. I think the FIS made the right decision to cancel the event," said Kingsbury, the reigning Olympic champion. "We couldn't see a thing from the top of the course."

Kingsbury, of Deux-Montagnes, Que., won silver in the single moguls event Saturday and ended the season with 825 points in the FIS overall standings.

His closest rival, Ikuma Horishima of Japan — who took gold Saturday — had 517 points for second place. French skier Ben Cavet was third with 470.

"I already knew I was going to win the Crystal Globe," said Kingsbury. "It's always an incredible feeling. Each time feels like I'm winning it for the first time. For me, it's like hoisting the Stanley Cup. It's the top award in our sport and also the most difficult to win.

"I'm looking forward to getting home and spending time with family and friends and celebrating with them. I'll take some time off to relax, then get back into training. I'm as motivated as ever."

Perrine Laffont of France won the Crystal Globe on the women's side with 780 points. Montreal's Justine Dufour-Lapointe finished sixth in the standings with 303 points.

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