His career, his season: everything you need to know about Benjamin Cavet before the Beijing Olympics (February 4-20).
Benjamin Cavet has the experience of major events. His record includes two silver medals at the World Championships, including one won last year. What let him hope for a podium in Beijing, for his third participation in the Olympic Games.
English by birth, Cavet only arrived in France at the age of 10, to join his father, a ski instructor in the Alps. He was naturalized in 2012 and, having discovered mogul skiing in France, it was only natural that he decided to defend the French colours. In his career, in addition to his world medals, Benjamin Cavet also has two World Cup successes and a total of 12 podiums.
Benjamin Cavet is not having the best season of his career. Blame it on a sore heel during the first part of the World Cup. The Frenchman is currently only in ninth place in the general classification, after having only won one podium in mid-December at Idre Fjall.
At the beginning of January, Cavet had had a good World Cup stage at Tremblant, finishing fifth and sixth. But then he dived at Deer Valley, finishing just 38th. Not ideal before approaching the Games. But his experience and his consistency (five times in the Top 5 of the final World Cup standings since 2016) plead in his favor.
The full program for freestyle skiing at the Beijing Olympics
His main adversary
World mogul skiing is dominated – or rather crushed – by Mikael Kingsbury (29 years). In his career, the Canadian has won everything: Olympic champion in 2018, three-time world champion and nine-time World Cup winner. Last year, his season was cut short by a spinal injury. But Kingsbury had rebounded well by winning their third world title.
Each time he went to the Games, the Canadian brought back a medal, since he had silver in Sochi in 2014. This season, Mikael Kingsbury started again on an excellent basis. He has four World Cup victories and tops the overall standings in the competition.