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Canadian Athlete of the Weekend: Mikael Kingsbury

03/25/2013 01:23 EDT | Updated 05/25/2013 05:12 EDT
Every Monday, the CBCSports.ca team picks a Canadian athlete who excelled on the international stage over the weekend. This week's award, his second win, goes to Quebec freestyle skier Mikael Kingsbury:

It felt so nice, he did it twice.

All Mikael Kingsbury was thinking while attempting his jump during the moguls competition Friday in the final World Cup competition of the season was playing it safe and sticking the landing.

The Deux-Montagnes, Que., native finished fourth in Sierra Nevada, Spain to clinch his second consecutive World Cup freestyle season title, as well as the moguls discipline title.

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Kingsbury, who turns 21 in the off-season, will likely be the man to beat for the 2014 Sochi Games. But he wants to approach the Olympics with an underdog's mentality.

"I'm going to train hard and focus only on my training for the Olympics and doing what I need to win there," he said. "I'm going to get stronger at the gym and do another big step forward."

Kingsbury led an impressive Canadian moguls squad. His biggest competition was 2010 Olympic champion Alex Bilodeau of Rosemere, Que., who won Friday's competition and finished second in both the moguls and overall freestyle season standings.

Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Montreal, one of three sisters competing for Canada, finished second in the women's moguls season standings.

Honourable Mentions:

- Bilodeau (Rosemere, Que.) and Justine Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal): See above.

- Dominique Maltais (Petite-Riviere-Saint Francois, Que.) wrapped up the World Cup snowboard cross title by winning the last event of the season in Sierra Nevada, Spain.

- James Hinchcliffe (Oakville, Ont.) won his first career IndyCar race, and the first of the 2013 season in St. Petersburg, Fla.

- Kaya Turski (Montreal), winner of our CBC honours earlier this month, and Sebastien Toutant each won gold in slopestyle at the European X Games in Tignes, France. Turski has won the event four times.

- Rachel Homan and her Ottawa team of Emma Miskew, Lisa Weagle and Alison Kreviazuk bounced back from a crushing loss in the semifinal to win bronze at the world women's curling championship.

- It wasn't the best single distance championship ever for Christine Nesbitt (London, Ont.), but she managed Canada's only podium finish, a third-place showing in the 1,500 metres on the track that will be used at the Sochi Games.

- Toronto’s Junior Cadougan scored nine points in Marquette’s win over Butler, and Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ont.) had eight points in Michigan’s victory over Virginia Commonwealth to help their teams reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

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