Bilodeau Wins Second Consecutive Olympic Freestyle Moguls Gold; Kingsbury, Smyshlyaev Medal
In Vancouver fours years ago, Alex Bilodeau rallied his countrymen by winning the first gold medal for Canada at those Games. This year in Sochi, Bilodeau was equally as disruptive, becoming the first freestyle skier to medal in consecutive Olympics after defending his moguls title.
Bilodeau was able to hold off his rival and fellow countryman, Mikael Kingsbury, who took home the silver medal. Alexandr Smyshlyaev of Russia took the bronze in front of the home crowd.
Bilodeau was dominant in qualifying, though he nearly took a spill during one of the runs. In the final, he was untouchable. His knees stayed close as though they were roped together and his two jumps were clean and exciting. Kingsbury’s knees came apart in his finals run, ultimately hurting his score.
Bilodeau and Kingsbury’s one-two finish matched that of fellow Canadians Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe who did the same in women’s moguls the night prior.
FINAL MEN’S FREESTYLE MOGULS RESULTS
Gold: Alex Bilodeau (CAN) – 26.31
Silver: Mikael Kingsbury (CAN) – 24.71
Bronze: Alexandr Smyshlyaev (RUS) – 24.34