'A perfect day': Kingsbury makes singles moguls history with 4th world title – CBC Sports
Mikaël Kingsbury is the first man or woman to win four singles moguls world titles after breaking a tie with Frenchman Edgar Grospiron on Saturday in Bakuriani, Georgia.
Kingsbury, from Deux-Montagnes, Que., scored 89.82 points to beat Australia’s Matt Graham (88.90) and reigning Olympic champion Walter Wallberg (88.52) of Sweden.
A three-time Olympic medallist, Kingsbury has captured seven world gold in his career, four more than any other man.
In dual moguls two weeks ago, Kingsbury won his 79th World Cup gold, finishing second to Japan’s Ikuma Horishima in in Valmalenco, Italy to strengthen his lead atop the World Cup standings to 68 points over Wallberg.
“I came here with no pressure because I told myself, you know, I’ve won six times at world championships, so why put pressure again?” Kingsbury, who also owns a record-tying three world titles in dual moguls, told the International Ski Federation. The dual event makes its Olympic debut in 2026 in the Italian cities of Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo.
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“It was one of the strongest super finals I’ve ever competed in, but I believed in myself.”
Kingsbury, who placed first in both the qualifications and the first final, noted he focused on living in the moment.
“I felt good all day,” the 30-year-old added. “I won the qualifiers with 87 points and the super final with 89. For me, it was a perfect day.”
Elliot Vaillancourt (Drummondville, Que.), Brenden Kelly (Pemberton, B.C.) and Julien Viel (Lévis, Que.) were 12th, 13th and 14th, respectively. Gabriel Dufresne (Joliette, Que.) was halted in the qualification rounds and placed 19th.
Dual moguls will be contested Sunday, and Kingsbury has no plans to slow down. He won gold in the event at each of the past two world championships.
“Half my work is already done. I love dual moguls, so why not try for a third double world championship?”
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Career best for Canada’s Schwinghammer
In other action Saturday, Perrine Laffont of France scored 87.40 in Saturday’s super final to become the first repeat world champion on the women’s side since Kari Traa of Norway in 2003.
She also matched Canada’s Jennifer Heil and Traa for the female record of four combined moguls and dual moguls victories.
Today at <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bakuriani2023?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#Bakuriani2023</a> France’s <a href=”https://twitter.com/LaffontPerrine?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@LaffontPerrine</a> 🇫🇷 put her name into the history books alongside a couple of the very best to ever do it, winning her fourth career gold medal to join Jennifer Heil and Kari Traa atop the all-time World Champs leaderboard…🥇🥇🥇🥇<a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/fisfreestyle?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#fisfreestyle</a> <a href=”https://t.co/Anz5HERTVy”>pic.twitter.com/Anz5HERTVy</a>
Maia Schwinghammer of Saskatchewan advanced to the super final for the first time, finishing fifth in her second world championship appearance. She was 18th in single moguls three years ago in Park City, Utah.
Following an excellent start, the 21-year-old lost control and fell on her left side. After taking a few seconds to recover, she shrugged off her discomfort and completed the course.
Lauriane Desmarais-Gilbert (Sainte-Adèle, Que.) and Berkley Brown (Aurora, Ont.) were 11th and 15th in their debut worlds at the senior level.
Jaelin Kauf earned the first American medal at the event since Hannah Kearney’s silver in 2015. However, the United States has been the most successful country in Olympic moguls medals with 12.
The World Cup moguls season concludes March 17-20 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Switzerland win LGT World Women’s Curling Championship 2023
Defending champions Switzerland beat Norway by 6-3 in Sunday afternoon’s gold medal final at the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship 2023.
This was a fourth successive world title for skip Silvana Tirinzoni, fourth player Alina Paetz and second Carole Howald. For Paetz and Howald it is a sixth world women’s championship title.
After blanking the first end, Switzerland’s fourth player Alina Paetz opened the scoring with a single point in the second end when she played a raise take-out.
The Swiss still led by 1-0 in the fourth end when Norway’s fourth player Kristin Skaslien had a complete miss on an attempt to blank the end and gave up a steal of one point to double Switzerland’s lead to 2-0.
In the fifth end, Skaslien made amends with a draw to put two points on the board for Norway, that levelled the score at 2-2.
After another blank end in the sixth, Switzerland took the lead again in the seventh end when Paetz brought her last stone draw inside three Norwegian stones to score one (3-2).
Norway levelled again at 3-3, in the eighth end when Skaslien played a hit to promote one of her own stones into scoring position.
In the ninth end, Switzerland’s Paetz played her final draw precisely onto the button and inside three Norwegian stones, to score one and nudge her team into a 4-3 lead.
In the tenth end, Norway’s Skaslien had a draw to tie the game and force an extra end, but her shot came up short to hand Switzerland a steal of two points and a 6-3 win.
The gold medal winning Swiss team are: skip and third player Silvana Tirinzoni, fourth Alina Paetz, second Carole Howald and lead Briar Schwaller-Huerlimann, supported by their coach Pierre Charette.
The silver medal winning Norwegian team are: skip Marianne Roervik, fourth Kristin Skaslien, second Mille Haslev Nordbye, lead Martine Roenning and alternate Maia Ramsfjell, supported by their coach Rune Steen Hansen.
Gold medal game result
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Despite 17 birdies, Rory McIlroy needs two trips to ‘friendly’ No. 18
Rory McIlroy and Xander Schauffele were deadlocked in their quarterfinal match Saturday afternoon at Austin Country Club when both players yanked their tee balls at the par-4 finishing hole.
The closest ball had found the left rough, just 74 yards from the hole but with a large tree blocking a straightforward wedge shot.
McIlroy was pretty sure that ball was his.
“I was walking up there expecting it to be a TaylorMade ball and I saw a Callaway on it, and I was as surprised as anyone, because mine was further left than Xander’s off the tee,” McIlroy said. “Look, you need a little bit of fortune in these things, and that was a bit of luck for me today.”
McIlroy’s tee ball had trundle farther down the hill, about 30 yards away. Schauffele, meanwhile, was forced to punch his second shot under and to the left of the tree. He missed the birdie chip, leaving McIlroy, who had pitched to 12 feet, a chance to win a match on No. 18 for the second time in one day.
And McIlroy buried it to advance to the semifinals of the final WGC-Dell Match Play.
“It’s sort of been friendly to me all week,” McIlroy said of the last hole, which he’s now played in 4 under in three trips this week. He eagled after driving the green with a 375-yard shot in Thursday’s group-stage win over Denny McCarthy.
“Yeah, hopefully if I can play a little bit better, I don’t need to play 18 tomorrow. But we shall see.”
McIlroy was certainly joking. His closing birdie against Schauffele marked his 17th of the day. He carded nine of those in a 2-up victory over Lucas Herbert in the Round of 16.
“Both ends of the bag are working pretty well,” McIlroy said, “and the stuff in the middle is not too bad, either.”
McIlroy has seemed to get everyone’s best shot so far, and that figures to continue in his semifinal bout opposite Cameron Young on Sunday morning.
Young played 32 holes in 12 under on Saturday.
Hab posts video showing frustration with punishment for Bruin – CTV News Montreal
Montreal Canadiens forward Mike Hoffman took to social media Friday to vent his frustration with a decision by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.
“So I’ve gotten a two-game suspension for cross-checking a guy in the back of the helmet. A full-blown intentional cross-check to the face? One game. Hmm,” a bloody-chinned Hoffman says in a video shared online.
Hoffman is referring to the one-game suspension given to Boston Bruins winger A.J. Greer, who cross-checked Hoffman in the face during the first period of the Bruins-Canadiens game Thursday night.
The incident occurred after the players slashed each other’s sticks leading up to a faceoff.
Greer was assessed a major penalty and a game misconduct. Hoffman was able to complete the game sporting a bloodied face and a mask covering the injured area.
In addition to the suspension, Greer will forfeit US$4,121.62 in salary.
The Canadiens lost the game 4-2.
With files from The Canadian Press.
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