Kingsbury won with 87.94 points, finishing ahead of Horishima (86.63) in the super final. The small final was between Australia’s Matt Graham and Britain’s Ben Cavet, the latter winning with a third-place finish in the competition.
“With each duel, I felt better and better. I was going faster and bigger in my jumps and I also knew that on the other side of the bracket, Ikuma was skiing really well and very fast,” said Kingsbury. “When it was time for the final, I talked to my coaches at the top of the course and we made a last-minute decision to do a 1440 cork like I did the day before. I didn’t have time to think about it. I landed the 1440 and then skied as fast as I could. I managed to cross the line before Ikuma.”
The native of Deux-Montagnes, Que., also won gold on Saturday in moguls.
“It feels great to win two gold medals here in Japan, especially since I finished second twice behind Ikuma last year and lost the final duel to him. So this is a bit like payback,” said Kingsbury.
Laurent Dumais finished ninth, just behind fellow Canadian Philippe Marquis, who raced opposite his American friend Bradley Wilson.
On the women’s side, Chloe Dufour-Lapointe finished fifth in her race against Australia’s Jakara Anthony. Chloe’s sister, Justine, finished seventh after losing to the American Jaelin Kauf. Perrine Laffont of France took gold.