Canadian moguls star Kingsbury returns from injury to win World Cup event

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DEER VALLEY RESORT, Utah — Canadian moguls star Mikael Kingsbury was a winner in his return to World Cup competition, taking the gold medal in Thursday's men's event.

Kingsbury, from Deux-Montagnes, Que., scored 88.10 points on his final run to top the podium in his first event of the season.

Kingsbury, the reigning Olympic moguls champion, missed the start of the season when fractured his T4 and T5 vertebrae in November while training for the opening World Cup event in Ruka, Finland.

Kingsbury now has 64 career World Cup victories in 110 starts. He's stood on the podium 92 times.

France's Benjamin Cavet was second and Australia's Matt Graham was third.

Japan's Ikuma Horishima, who led after the first of two runs in Thursday's final, slipped to fifth.

France's Perrine Laffont won the women's event, followed by a pair of Japanese skiers — Anri Kawamura and Kisara Sumiyoshi.

Sofiane Gagnon of Whistler, B.C., was the top Canadian in 10th.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 4, 2021.

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