In a near-duplication of the previous week’s performance in Val Saint-Come, Que., the host squad claimed five out of a possible six World Cup medals and Canadian women blanketed the podium in Calgary.
Mikael Kingsbury of Deux-Montagnes, Que., kept padding the all-time World Cup moguls victories record with his 31st. Teammate Philippe Marquis of Quebec City was second for his first podium of the season and Sho Endo of Japan placed third.
After taking silver three consecutive years in Calgary, Montreal’s Chloe Dufour-Lapointe earned women’s gold ahead of sister Justine in second. Andi Naude of Penticton, B.C., was third to complete the women’s sweep.
“Five medals in two events in a row, back-to-back in Canada, that’s huge and hopefully it’s going to inspire and motivate kids all around the country to keep skiing,” Marquis said.
With five Canadian women qualifying for a six-skier super final at Canada Olympic Park, the odds of the Maple Leaf blanketing the women’s podium again were good.
“Everybody is strong,” Chloe Dufour-Lapointe said. “We all want to be on top, so everybody needs to be on the edge every single race.”
Justine and Chloe finished one-two in Val Saint-Come with Andi Naude finishing third for the Canadian sweep. Dufour-Lapointe sister Maxime placed sixth in Calgary behind Audrey Robichaud of Quebec City in fifth.
“This is amazing today to do another sweep,” Chloe said. “It’s not a sister sweep, but it’s a sweep and we’ll take this one.”
Laurent Dumais of Quebec City shared the podium with Kingsbury in Quebec with a bronze, but crashed in qualifying at COP.
Canada’s moguls team is traditionally deep with talent, but they stepped it up on this winter’s home stops on the World Cup circuit. The womens’ back-to-back podium sweeps were unprecedented in Canadian moguls history.
“Probably home-country advantage for sure helped, but the girls skied amazing today,” Kingsbury said. “Two sweeps in a row.”
“Being on the podium last week with Laurent and this week with Phil, it’s just awesome. It proves that we’re training the right way.”
The Canada Olympic Park course is usually icy, but warm weather prior to Saturday’s cooler temperatures made the track particularly slick this year.[…]