Canadian moguls skiers secured four of six World Cup podium spots today (Feb.23) in Inawashiro, Japan as American Bradley Wilson kept the North American trend going with a career high, second place result.

Canadians Mikael Kingsbury and Audrey Robichaud landed on the top of their fields after charging down the 30-degree course. Teammates Alex Bilodeau and Chloé Dufour-Lapointe both added to the Canadian coffers, earning bronze medals.
 
For Kingsbury, who clinched his 2014 Olympic nomination last week, it was the sixth win of this pre-Olympic season, in just eight events.
 
After finishing fourth in the first final today, the resilient 20-year-old rebounded to score 23.41 in the super-final for the win. Bradley Wilson of the US took the silver at 23.31 and reigning Olympic Champion Alex Bilodeau was third with a score of 22.65.
 
Kingsbury explained that a fresh dump of snow overnight made for a soft course in qualifications, but it quickly turned slippery after the weather became overcast for finals.

“I had a difficult time in the finals run, actually I didn’t ski the run I wanted to ski but I fought and made it into the super finals,” said Kingsbury. “It was very slick so you really had to control your speed, I learned from my finals run and managed to put it together for a clutch performance in the end, so I’m super stoked,” said the 20-year old who keeps his hold on the yellow leader’s bib.
 
Wilson’s previous career best finish was a third-place result in Deer Valley last month.
“I went out there today and was doing my best to ski conservatively and really focus on my turns. I was able to keep my skiing under control and keep my turns clean and tight,” said Wilson who had the highest turns score of the finals. “If you’re a mogul skier you’ve heard of Inawashiro. Everyone knows this course, it’s so difficult! The most difficult course on tour so to be able to pull out a second place here is pretty sweet.”

On the women’s side, it was the second time Robichaud stood at the top the podium in the land of the rising sun, as she won the dual mogul competition event in Naeba last year.
 
Today, the Quebec City native dominated the field, winning the finals round and then going on to score 20.62 to edge the Czech Republic’s Nikola Sudova, at 20.33, in the super final. Montreal, Que.’s Chloé Dufour-Lapointe bested her little sister Justine for the bronze, scoring 19.25 to Justine’s 17.81.
 
But the win was a surprise for Robichaud, “I really didn’t do my best run for the super final and I was actually pretty disappointed in myself, especially after I had such a great run in the finals; so when I got to the bottom and saw the scores I thought they had made a mistake, but I guess all the other girls made some mistakes too — the course was pretty difficult and tricky on the top section so it was really easy to make mistakes,” she explained, adding that, not surprisingly, Japan is her favorite stop on the tour, “The people, the food, the culture, I love it here. Everyone is so nice and respectful, it’s so much fun to be here.”
 
While not quite in the medals, the fourth place finish for Justine was good enough to earn back the yellow leaders bib, after briefly losing it to Hannah Kearney of the US last week at the Sochi test event. Kearney finished 23rd today.
 
“I was not very happy with my super finals run because I went out of my line after the first air, so I was actually really happy to get back the yellow bib. It was a cool surprise and I’m going to keep working hard so I can keep it,” said Justine.

Eliza Outtrim was the top U.S. woman landing in seventh.

Freestyle World Cup action continues tomorrow with a dual mogul event here and an Aerial event in the Ukraine.

Men’s Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Result Level Points
 1  1  2484937 KINGSBURY Mikael  1992  CAN   23.41    1000.00
 2  9  2485221 WILSON Bradley  1992  USA   23.31    800.00
 3  2  2426100 BILODEAU Alex  1987  CAN   22.65    600.00
 4  6  2484952 GAGNON Marc-Antoine  1991  CAN   22.22    500.00
 5  7  2484730 MARQUIS Philippe  1989  CAN   16.40    450.00
 6  26  2417855 KASHIMA Sho  1986  USA   7.85    400.00
 7  39  2397776 NISHI Nobuyuki  1985  JPN   20.69    360.00
 8  37  2318134 HALL Sam  1988  AUS   20.65    320.00
 9  17  2484727 COTA Jeremy  1988  USA   20.63    290.00
 10  28  2484758 SLATTEN Vinjar  1990  NOR   17.32    260.00
 11  27  2527469 CHOI Jae-Woo  1994  KOR   13.67    240.00
 12  3  2382838 DENEEN Patrick  1987  USA   12.33    220.00
 13  46  2484486 YOSHIKAWA Sora  1990  JPN   11.77    200.00
 14  12  2484735 POULIOT-CAVANAGH Simon  1990  CAN   11.7    180.00
 15  18  2484893 GAGNE Pascal-olivier  1989  CAN   7.70    160.00
 16  43  2407185 MATIZ Giacomo  1986  ITA   7.18    150.00
 17  31  2526257 SUZUKI Kenta  1990  JPN   17.83    140.00
 18  11  2527085 WALCZYK Dylan  1993  USA   17.80    130.00
 19  45  2526178 YAMAGUCHI Takuya  1991  JPN   17.51    120.00
 20  8  2471302 WILSON Bryon  1988  USA   17.49    110.00
 21  38  2528846 KOLMAKOV Pavel  1996  KAZ   17.39    100.00
 22  35  2526124 SEO Myung-joon  1992  KOR   17.00    90.00
 23  41  2527253 SHIKATA Motoki  1993  JPN   16.82    80.00
 24  36  2439985 BARMASHOV Dmitriy  1985  KAZ   16.66    70.00
 25  29  2527128 KOBAYASHI Tatsuki  1992  JPN   16.48    60.00
 26  22  2406506 SPETT Per  1985  SWE   16.48    50.00
 27  33  2527908 KIM Ji-Hyon  1995  KOR   16.26    45.00
 28  21  2469168 REIHERD Dmitriy  1989  KAZ   15.97    40.00
 29  32  2526313 FRETHEIM Ole  1992  NOR   13.85    36.00
 30  44  2530513 BARADARAN Darius  1994  IRA   13.35    32.00
 31  42  2527127 MIHARA Daiki  1993  JPN   9.96    0.00
 32  5  2484861 ENDO Sho  1990  JPN   7.91    0.00
 33  14  2471011 DISCOE Joseph  1987  USA   4.19    0.00
Did not finish
     2484677 ROCHON Cedric  1990  CAN       
     2529645 HORISHIMA Ikuma  1997  JPN       
     2481487 MORIYAMA Sunao  1988  JPN       
     2530891 LANG Colin  1994  POL       

Women’s Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Result Level Points
 1  15  2329677 ROBICHAUD Audrey  1988  CAN   20.62    1000.00
 2  7  2267596 SUDOVA Nikola  1982  CZE   20.33    800.00
 3  5  2484720 DUFOUR-LAPOINTE Chloe  1991  CAN   19.25    600.00
 4  2  2485348 DUFOUR-LAPOINTE Justine  1994  CAN   17.81    500.00
 5  6  2175252 UEMURA Aiko  1979  JPN   13.76    450.00
 6  16  2484830 MURATA Arisa  1990  JPN       400.00
 7  4  2329386 OUTTRIM Eliza  1985  USA   19.73    360.00
 8  12  2527953 NAUDE Andi  1996  CAN   19.20    320.00
 9  31  2484827 IWAMOTO Ako  1993  JPN   18.74    290.00
 10  9  2438419 OAKLEY K C  1988  USA   17.82    260.00
 11  13  2485203 KLOSER Heidi  1992  USA   17.06    240.00
 12  24  2525906 SEO Jung-Hwa  1990  KOR   16.83    220.00
 13  29  2527135 ICHIMURA Miki  1993  JPN   16.81    200.00
 14  22  2528133 WESSEL Hedvig  1995  NOR   16.08    180.00
 15  3  2364117 MCPHIE Heather  1984  USA   10.27    160.00
 16  23  2485108 HOSHINO Junko  1989  JPN   8.08    150.00
 17  10  2484307 GALYSHEVA Yulia  1992  KAZ   17.77    140.00
 18  14  2485204 MATTHEWS Mikaela  1991  USA   17.72    130.00
 19  17  2476152 DUFOUR-LAPOINTE Maxime  1989  CAN   17.52    120.00
 20  35  2439989 MIZUTANI Natsume  1985  JPN   17.31    110.00
 21  18  2379346 HENITIUK Chelsea  1987  CAN   16.86    100.00
 22  32  2484304 RYBALOVA Darya  1988  KAZ   16.10    90.00
 23  1  2328513 KEARNEY Hannah  1986  USA   16.04    80.00
 24  26  2526184 VACULIKOVA Tereza  1992  CZE   14.76    70.00
 25  33  2527003 SEO Jee-Won  1994  KOR   13.60    60.00
 26  8  2397097 ITO Miki  1987  JPN   13.22    50.00
 27  34  2530095 MEILINGER Melanie  1991  AUT   11.03    45.00
 28  30  2373041 SANTA-OLALLA Reyes  1984  SPA   9.49    0.00
 29  27  2527317 ITO Satsuki  1993  JPN   9.41    0.00
 30  28  2526185 HENNINGSEN Maj-Beldring  1981  DAN   5.94    0.00

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