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Skiing: Pyeongchang medalist Hara reaches 1st World Cup moguls podium

Pyeongchang Olympic bronze medalist Daichi Hara of Japan reaches his first career World Cup podium, finishing third in a men's moguls competition in Calgary, Canada on Jan. 12, 2019. (Kyodo)

CALGARY, Canada (Kyodo) -- Pyeongchang Olympic bronze medalist Daichi Hara reached his first career World Cup podium when he finished third in a men's moguls competition in Canada on Saturday.

The 21-year-old Japanese freestyle skier scored 78.14 at Calgary's WinSport Canada Olympic Park for his first top-3 finish on the World Cup circuit since his debut in 2015. Hara's previous best finish was fourth.

"My score on the first run of the final wasn't in line with how I was feeling," said Hara, who was the last of six qualifiers for Saturday's second and final run.

"I was much more comfortable on my skis the second time and was able to put down a solid run. I'm relieved and really happy to be on the World Cup podium for the first time."

In front of his hometown crowd, 2018 Olympic champion Mikael Kingsbury claimed his fourth straight victory with 84.17 to lift his 53rd World Cup trophy.

Sweden's Walter Wallberg finished second with 80.98, while Australia's Matt Graham, who won silver in Pyeongchang, settled for fourth.

Japan's Ikuma Horishima, the reigning moguls world champion, finished 14th in Saturday's first run and did not advance.

"I tried to make a clean run on this difficult course, but regrettably I wasn't able to do it," Horishima said. "I have to keep in mind you can score higher by piling on those small maneuvers, too."

There are two more World Cup meets in January before the 2019 World Championships kick off on Feb. 1 at the Park City Mountain, Deer Valley and Solitude Mountain resorts, all in Utah, the United States.

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