FREESTYLE SKIING Preview: Another Kingsbury sweep coming in China?

Canada's Moguls star Mikael Kingsbury

Canada’s king of Moguls, Mikael Kingsbury, opened the 2018-19 season last week in Ruka with his 47th World Cup win, ahead of France’s Benjamin Cavet and Swede Walter Wallberg.

Kingsbury likes Thaiwoo: he swept the Moguls events in both the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. Matt Graham (AUS) and Troy Murphy (USA) were 2-3 behind him in the first competition last season and Dmitriy Reikherd (KAZ) and Graham were 2-3 in the other.

France’s Perrine Laffont won the women’s Moguls opener in Ruka, with Yulia Galysheva (KAZ) and Tess Johnson of the U.S. also on the podium. Last year in Thaiwoo, Jalen Kauf of the U.S. and Galysheva went 1-2 and 2-1 in the two Moguls events with Andi Naude (CAN) third both times.

This year’s program in Thaiwoo has Moguls on Saturday and a Dual Moguls event on Sunday. Look for results here.

The Freestyle Ski Cross program has been hit with warm temperatures in Europe and the races in Val Thorens (FRA: 7-8 December), Arosa (SUI: 11 December) and Montafon (AUT: 15 December) have all been canceled. The Arosa races have rescheduled for 17 December.