Qualifying success ‘the icing on the cake’ for Kingsbury after return from damaged again

Freestyle snowboarding star Mikael Kingsbury declared qualifying for the lads’s moguls remaining “the icing on the cake” because the defending champion started his Beijing 2022 marketing campaign with a flawless run.

Kingsbury, who received gold at Pyeongchang 2018, suffered a damaged again in 2020, fracturing his T4 and T5 vertebrae in coaching.

He has returned to high kind, nevertheless, and is closely fancied to retain his Olympic title after reaching a rating of 81.15 at Genting Snow Park within the Zhangjiakou zone on Thursday to qualify routinely for Saturday’s remaining in first place.

Kingsbury has received probably the most medals on the Freestyle World Championships of any male skier in historical past and is the reigning world champion within the moguls.

However to be again in rivalry on the Winter Video games is further particular for the Canadian after his harm hell.

“It has been a troublesome yr and a half,” Kingsbury advised Olympics.com. “And despite the fact that we’re all carrying masks, it is superior to be competing.

“I have been dreaming of going to the Olympics since I used to be a child and simply to be right here is so wonderful, it is an enormous accomplishment simply to have the ability to ski on the Olympic course and to do effectively is the icing on the cake.

“I am simply very glad with my snowboarding and the development that I made to the Olympics. And now I really feel able to compete and to carry out. And I feel the outcomes present as we speak.”

Reflecting on his efficiency, he mentioned: “Nice run, troublesome circumstances, very chilly. I did the job that I needed, I did not attempt to do an excessive amount of. I simply did precisely what I wanted to do for qualification.

“I do know I am able to higher snowboarding and leaping a bit higher, however for proper now, I am glad, and I get an excellent day without work tomorrow to speak with my coaches and provide you with a plan to return from stronger for Saturday.”