Canadians Bilodeau, Kingsbury advance to men's moguls final

2/10/2014 10:14:48 AM
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Canadian freestyle skiers and medal hopefuls Alex Bilodeau and World Cup champion Mikaël Kingsbury have qualified for the finals of men's moguls on Monday morning.

Bilodeau and Kingsbury finished first and second place in qualifying Monday morning, earning scores of 24.70 and 23.81, respectively.

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Two other Canadians were competing. Philippe Marquis came in sixth with Marc-Antoine Gagnon just ahead of him in fifth, so both will move on.

Russian skier Alexandr Smyshlyaev came in third with a score of 23.52.

The top 10 finishers were guaranteed a chance to move on. Anyone outside the top 10 can still qualify by skiing again.

The finals are scheduled to happen around 1 p.m. eastern time.

Canadian-born Australian skier Dale Begg-Smith, who finished second to Bilodeau in Vancouver, did not crack the top 10 and must ski again to qualify for the finals.

Bilodeau and Kingsbury are a big part of why Canada has come to dominate the moguls hill in recent years. They've taken turns atop the World Cup standings for much of the past four years.

The 21-year-old Kingsbury is the reigning world champion, but the 26-year-old Bilodeau comes to Sochi having won each of the last three events.

"I feel great. I've worked hard," Bilodeau said. "The work is done and I'm just trying to enjoy the moment. It's my last Olympic experience and it's so fun. Each time I'm here I feel like I want to be here forever."

World's best

Bilodeau is skiing well but Kingsbury seems to be peaking and isn't shying away from lofty expectations.

"I think I can win any event if I ski at my best, so I will focus to do the best run of my life for the job that I need to do," he said.

Medals on the men's side would bookend a magical stretch at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park for Canada. Sisters Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe took gold and silver in the women's final on Saturday night, clasping hands and fighting back tears as their parents screamed from the stands. 

Alex Bilodeau (Photo: The Canadian Press)


(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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