DEER VALLEY RESORT, Utah– Canadian moguls star Mikael Kingsbury was a winner in his return to World Cup competitors, taking the gold medal in Thursday’s males’s occasion.

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

Kingsbury, the ruling 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 very first of two runs in Thursday’s final, slipped to 5th.

France’s Perrine Laffont won the females’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 very first released Feb. 4, 2021.