Kingsbury adds two medals, but winning streak ends 

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Mikael Kingsbury continued his podium streak in moguls at Deer Valley this past weekend, but his winning streak came to an end at six with his gold medal in the opening moguls event on Thursday.

Canada earned two medals, with Kingsbury on top and Alexandre Bilodeau — who is only competing in a few select events this season — in second. Injar Slatten of Norway took the bronze medal.

Also finishing strong for Canada was Marc-Antoine Gagnon, just missing the super final in fifth place, with Cedric Rochon in ninth, Philippe Marquis in 11th and Whistler's Eddie Hicks in 18th.

With six wins, Kingsbury tied the record set by American Jeremy Bloom in 2005.

"It was good for me to have this order (skiing behind Bilodeau)," said Kingsbury. "I could see Alex ski and he was going so fast he was like a runaway train, and it just motivated me to ski hard."

Bilodeau was happy with his silver. "With all the new things I've been working on in my training — trying to improve my turns and go even faster — I am not feeling 110 per cent comfortable yet," he said. "So I was happy with my finals run where I nailed my turns and both my jumps. But in the super final I made a couple of mistakes in the middle section, and I had too much speed and was a bit out of control, but even with that I came second, so I'm happy with where I'm going."

In the women's event the Canadians were off the podium for the first time this season. American Hannah Kearney won her 13th straight World Cup, followed by teammate Heather McPhie. Australia's Britney Cox was third.

Chloe Dufour-Lapointe was the top Canadian in fifth, followed by Audrey Robichaud in seventh, Whistler's Chelsea Henitiuk eighth and Maxime Dufour-Lapointe. Justine Dufour-Lapointe, Canada's top female mogul skier this season, did not qualify for the finals in 23rd.

The following day Canada earned two medals in dual moguls. Kingsbury finished second behind Russia's Sergey Volkov, and Andrey Vokov of Russia took third. Alexandre Bilodeau and Marc-Antoine Gagne made the quarterfinals in fifth and eighth respectively, while Cedric Rochon was ninth, Eddie Hicks 17th and Philippe Marquis 19th.

"I won't break the record here, but it's quite an accomplishment and I'm proud of myself," said Kingsbury. He made a mistake in the qualifiers that put him in eighth and gave Sergey Volkov the advantage by giving the Russian first pick of courses in the final dual.

"It was a big difference for me to switch to (the) blue course," said Kingsbury. "I didn't know it was well and my feet were definitely not as fast on that course."

Kearney made it 14 wins in a row, while Justine Dufour-Lapointe found her way back to the podium with a silver medal in the women's dual moguls. Heather McPhie of the U.S. edged out Yulia Galysheva of Kazakhstan for the bronze.

Chloe Dufour-Lapointe was sixth, Audrey Robichaud 10th and Chelsea Henitiuk 13th.

In aerials, Olivier Rochon picked up his third consecutive medal with a bronze medal. He had been battling a cold all week, and was surprised to even find himself in the four-skier final after three rounds of jumping. He squeaked through every stage of jumping — a crash in the qualifier, a broken buckle in the second round and a lack of jumps remaining in his bag for the final round, after he and the other top competitors used their best airs to get into the super final.

With a third place finish, Rochon held onto the leaders' bib with a cushion of 70 points.


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