Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Moguls King Kingsbury Ready to Lead Canadian Squad at Pyeongchang Olympics

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Moguls King Kingsbury Ready to Lead Canadian Squad at Pyeongchang Olympics

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Kingsbury confident heading into Winter Games

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MONTREAL - Canada's freestyle skiing moguls team set the bar high at the last Winter Olympics but Mikael Kingsbury and the rest of the squad are ready for the challenge.

Kingsbury finished second to two-time Olympic champion Alex Bilodeau in Sochi, Russia in 2014 while Justine Dufour-Lapointe won gold ahead of her sister, Chloe, in another 1-2 Canadian finish.

Expectations aren't as high this time, but Kingsbury will be the heavy favourite for gold after dominating the World Cup circuit in recent years. The Deux-Montagnes, Que. skier saw a run of 13 straight World Cup wins end Saturday at Mont-Tremblant, Que. when he finished second. But he still has 16 consecutive top-three results.

"Sochi was amazing _ first Olympics," Kingsbury said Monday as the Canadian team was introduced before cheering students at Antoine de Saint-Exupery high school. "I was the favourite with Alex and, winning a medal, I learned a lot from it.

"I want to win a gold medal for sure. It would be a dream come true and it's the only thing I'm missing in my sport, but at the same time I couldn't be more ready than I am now. I don't have to think about the gold medal. I've worked so hard and I have the best team around me so I don't feel like I'm alone.

"If I do the job like I've done in the last few World Cups, then I'll be happy. I know if I do my job the judges will have no choice but to give me good scores."

Kingsbury is joined on the men's team by Montreal's Marc-Antoine Gagnon and Philippe Marquis of Quebec City, who's recovering from a knee injury suffered two weeks ago at Deer Valley, Utah.

The women's side has Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe of Montreal, Andi Naude of Penticton, B.C. and Audry Robichaud of Quebec City.

Kingsbury, 25, isn't concerned about his win streak ending. He was a close second behind Japan's Ikuma Horishima but called the Mont-Tremblant run a "baby course" and compared it to playing three-on-three hockey instead of the real game. …

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