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Wait begins for Bilodeau, Dufour-Lapointe after moguls wins

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The Canadian Press
1/19/2014 5:37:51 PM
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VAL ST. COME, Que. -- Alex Bilodeau is afraid of where all this momentum could be taking him.

Bilodeau won his third straight World Cup moguls event Sunday, edging out teammate and rival Mikael Kingsbury.

A showdown at next month's Winter Games between Bilodeau, the reigning Olympic champion, and Kingsbury, the defending world champion, has the Rosemere, Que., native worried about when the intensity peaks in Sochi, Russia.

"I need to admit I'm a bit afraid of where we're heading towards," said Bilodeau. "Every race we're pushing the limit, we're pushing and pushing. ...

"If we continue to push before the Olympics it's going to be a nice show because I don't know where it's going."

Canada finished Sunday's competition with four medals after Chloe Dufour-Lapointe and her sister Justine took first and second place, respectively, in the women's event.

Bilodeau won with a score of 26.49, while Kingsbury, from Deux-Montagnes, Que., followed at 25.66. Bradley Wilson of the United States was third.

Bilodeau, now four years removed from being the first Canadian to win gold on home soil, said he doesn't take the pair's success for granted with the Olympics so close.

"If we continue to push each other there's a myriad of scenarios that could come down. We could both do big mistakes also and come to the back of the field but hopefully it won't come to that point," he said.

"But we're two pretty constant skiers and we should make it down with no mistakes, and Mikael is a very consistent skier without doing any mistakes here or there, so I need to be on top of my game."

Chloe Dufour-Lapointe meanwhile maintained she's the picture of calm after the Montreal native's latest win. She took gold with a score of 23.79, while Justine Dufour-Lapointe followed at 22.51 ahead of Japan's Junko Hoshino.

Chloe Dufour-Lapointe is heading to her second Olympics after finishing ninth in 2010. With nothing to compete for between now and the Winter Games, she said she won't be losing sleep during the wait.

"I'm not nervous at all," she said. "Yeah, for sure, it's the Olympics, it's going to be big, but I'm expecting this for my second time on the Olympics team. Every single event that I did this year I was working on the process and to be able to go to Sochi and get the best that I can do."

Alex Bilodeau  (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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