Nick Page competes during the men's moguls qualification at the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 on Feb. 5, 2022 in Zhangjiakou, China.
Nick Page entered the moguls season as a rising star in the sport.
On Saturday, the 2022 Olympian and 2021 FIS Rookie of the Year knocked off the “King of Moguls” himself, three-time Olympic medalist Mikael Kingsbury of Canada, to win his first world cup event in Idre Fjall, Sweden. It was just his second world cup podium finish, following a third-place finish almost two years ago in Idre Fjall.
Page’s tricks score of 16.26 on the winning run was best in the field and helped secure the victory with a run score of 81.02. Kingsbury, now in his 13th world cup season, finished second with a score of 79.86 for his 106th world cup podium finish. Reigning Olympic champion Walter Wallberg of Sweden was third with 78.98 points.
“Mikael Kingsbury took me under his wing when I first joined the World Cup," Page said after the win. "He told me that the best wins are the ones that come when you beat someone at their best. Fast forwarding to now and sharing this win with someone I’m so close with and has done so much for me was really, really special. I’ll be grateful for a long time.”
Page reached the finals after finishing ninth in qualifying and was one of three Americans to move on. Olympians Cole McDonald and Dylan Walczyk finished fifth and ninth, respectively.
Page, who finished fifth in his Olympic debut last winter in Beijing, is already known for the difficulty of his tricks. He became just the second person to try a cork 1440 in a FIS competition and was the first American to do it in a world cup competition. He’s also the third mogul skier to perform a double cork 10 on a mogul course.
In last week’s world cup opener in Ruka, Finland, Page missed out on a podium finish by just .07 points.
On the women’s side, 2022 Olympian Olivia Giaccio and Elizabeth Lemley finished fourth and fifth, respectively, while Olympic silver medalist Jaelin Kauf was seventh. Alli Macuga was 10th in her second world cup start to give the U.S. four finishers in the top 10.