Canadian freestyle skiing sensation, Mikaël Kingsbury, has added another award to his already illustrious career after winning the 2018 Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s athlete of the year.

“It is a great honour to receive this award. I have the greatest respect for the extraordinary athletes who have received it before me,” stated Mikaël Kingsbury. “It is with immense pride and much humility that I accept this award, which has paid tribute to numerous Olympians that have left their mark on the history of the Olympic Games and the world of Olympic sport.”

“I have enjoyed a dream year, marked by both solid World Cup performances and a victory at the Olympic Games,” added Kingsbury. “I would like to thank the media representatives who were part of the jury for the Lou Marsh Trophy, and also the journalists in general and all those involved in covering freestyle skiing over the years.”

Mikaël is the first freestyle skier to win the award and the fifth skier to win the award, joining the likes of:

  • Lucile Wheeler, alpine skiing – 1958
  • Anne Heggtveit, alpine skiing – 1960
  • Nancy Greene, alpine skiing – 1967 and 1968
  • Ken Read, alpine skiing – 1978

The 26-year-old athlete was also crowned Olympic champion in mogul skiing at the 2018 Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, which was the second Olympic medal of his career.

He concluded the 2017-18 Freestyle FIS World Cup season with 10 podium finishes in 10 races, including seven gold and three silver medals, which earned him both crystal globes – the moguls globe and the overall globe in freestyle skiing – and that is, for the seventh straight year.

And how did he start off the 2018-19 season? With a victory in Ruka, Finland, the 50th World Cup victory in his career.

Congratulations, Mikaël, on this incredible achievement!

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