Mikaël Kingsbury, freestyle skiing legend, says ‘it’s probably my last four years’

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Canadian Mikaël Kingsbury, the most decorated moguls skier in World Cup history, may be embarking on his fourth and final Olympic cycle.

“Things are different. I’m older. I know it’s probably my last four years,” Kingsbury, 30, said, according to the Canadian Press. “I’ve accomplished so much, very proud of it. Still want to win.”

Kingsbury, the Olympic silver medalist in 2014 and gold medalist in 2018, went into the Olympics in February as one of the biggest favorites across the Winter Games. Then he was shockingly relegated to silver by Swede Walter Wallberg.

He responded by winning all three post-Olympic World Cups in March, extending his moguls record to 74 victories for his career, and earning a record-extending 10th World Cup season title.

Kingsbury and other moguls skiers have something new to look forward to for the 2026 Milano Cortina Winter Games — the addition of a second medal event, dual moguls, to the program.

Kingsbury is more dominant in dual moguls, where two skiers compete side-by-side, than in the traditional event. He won all six of his World Cup dual moguls starts dating to March 2020 and 16 of his 18 World Cup starts dating to February 2016, plus the last two world championships.

But can he maintain his success into his 30s against younger skiers like Wallberg, who is 22? Kingsbury will be 33 years old come the next Winter Games and older than any previous Olympic moguls medalist (by two days), according to Olympedia.org.

“Back in the day I could go skiing and not stretch,” Kingsbury said, according to the Canadian Press. “My body was recovering very fast. I could fall and still be OK the next day.

“For sure, I’ve still got to still take risks because you cannot accomplish much if you don’t take risks. I try to calculate, do a bit less volume, try to focus on quality, take my time to going back to pushing 100 percent on my skis, just doing things with a bit more of a purpose and be intelligent with what I do.”

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2022 Grand Prix Final figure skating TV, live stream schedule

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The Grand Prix Final, the most exclusive figure skating competition of the season and a preview of March’s world championships, airs live on Peacock and E! this week.

The top six per discipline from the six-event fall Grand Prix Series gather in Turin, Italy, at the Palavela, the 2006 Olympic venue. It’s the first Grand Prix Final in three years after the 2020 and 2021 events were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The U.S. qualified skaters in all four disciplines for the first time since 2007, led by the world’s top-ranked man. Ilia Malinin, who turned 18 last Friday, has been the story of the season, becoming the first skater to land a quadruple Axel in competition.

Malinin, the reigning world junior champion, won both of his Grand Prix starts and posted the best total score among all fall events, edging world champion Shoma Uno of Japan. Malinin and Uno will go head-to-head for the first time this season at the Final.

Isabeau Levito, a 15-year-old world junior champion, is the youngest American at a Final since Caroline Zhang in 2007. She qualified in fifth place. The favorites are Japan’s Mai Mihara and Kaori Sakamoto and Belgian Loena Hendrickx.

The U.S. also qualified two pairs’ teams — world champions Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier and Emily Chan and Spencer Howe — and two ice dance couples — three-time world medalists Madison Chock and Evan Bates and Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker.

For the first time, the Final has no Russian skaters. They are banned from international competition due to the war in Ukraine. For the first time in 25 years, there are no Chinese skaters. China’s top pairs’ teams did not compete in the fall Grand Prix Series.

Grand Prix Final Broadcast Schedule
All TV coverage also streams on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app for subscribers.

Day Event Time (ET) Platform
Thursday Pairs’ Short Program 1:20-2:15 p.m. Peacock
Men’s Short Program 2:35-3:20 p.m. Peacock
Friday Pairs’ Free Skate 11:35 a.m.-12:40 p.m. Peacock
Rhythm Dance 1:50-2:45 p.m. Peacock
Women’s Short Program 3:05-3:50 p.m. Peacock
Saturday Men’s Short Program* 6:30-7:30 a.m. E!
Men’s Free Skate 7:30-8:30 a.m. E!, Peacock
Women’s Short Program* 8:30-9:30 a.m. E!
Free Dance 1:40-2:40 p.m. Peacock
Women’s Free Skate 3-3:55 p.m. Peacock
Sunday Highlights* 4-6 p.m. NBC

*Delayed broadcast.

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Aleksander Aamodt Kilde sweeps Beaver Creek World Cup races

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Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde held off Swiss Marco Odermatt for a second consecutive day to sweep World Cup races in Beaver Creek, Colorado, this weekend.

Kilde won Sunday’s super-G by two tenths of a second over Odermatt, one day after edging Odermatt by six hundredths. France’s Alexis Pinturault took third as the podium was made up of the last three men to win the World Cup overall title, the biggest annual prize in ski racing.

This season’s overall figures to be a two-man battle between Kilde, the 2019-20 champion, and Odermatt, the reigning champion, and could come down to March’s World Cup Finals. They’ve combined to win the first five of 38 scheduled races.

The top American Sunday was River Radamus, who finished an impressive 16th given his start number was 57. Radamus’ best event is the giant slalom.

Ryan Cochran-Siegle, the Olympic super-G silver medalist, and Travis Ganong, who was third in Beaver Creek last year, both skied out.

The men’s World Cup heads next weekend to Val d’Isere, France, for a giant slalom and slalom.

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