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Begg-Smith retires from moguls after Sochi loss

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2/10/2014 1:57:05 PM
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Australian freestyle skier Dale Begg-Smith saw his moguls career end with a thud on Monday, failing to advance to the finals in Sochi after a hard crash in the second run.

Begg-Smith was born in Canada but has competed for Australia since 2001. He won gold in Turin in 2006 then took the silver medal behind Alex Bilodeau four years ago in Vancouver. He took several years off following the last Olympics, but resumed his career in time for Sochi.

His opening run wasn't good enough to crack the Top 10 and advance to the semifinal, but he got another chance in the second qualifier.

After a hard crash in that attempt, he failed to qualify. That brings an end to his last stab to return to the sport he once dominated.

"It was a desperate move to come back this year," he said in the finish area, a rueful smile on his face. "I was looking for a miraculous performance."

Begg-Smith posted a fifth place showing in his first event back this year, but the rest of his results were consistently mediocre. On Monday night, his three years away from competition showed.

"I just wasn't feeling it tonight," he said about his run. "The snow was soft and I haven't skied on soft snow for four years. I wasn't feeling it, I just got a little bit off."

Asked directly if he would ski in the world cup again, he replied simply, "no."

As for his future plans, he smiled again: "I'm an international man of mystery. I'm going to keep you guys guessing."

(With files from the Olympic News Service)

 

Dale Begg-Smith (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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