Moguls preview: The battle for gold

09 February 2014 14:24
Alex Bilodeau celebrating gold in Vancouver
Alex Bilodeau celebrating gold in Vancouver -

KRASNAYA POLYANA - One of the most compelling rivalries of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will come to a head at the men's moguls event at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Monday, 10th February 2014, as Vancouver 2010 gold medallist Alex Bilodeau of Canada attempts to defend his title against his upstart teammate, 2013 World Champion Mikael Kingsbury. Bilodeau’s story was one of the greatest of the Vancouver Games, putting down as he did the run of his life to win the first gold for a Canadian winter Games athlete on home soil.

If both athletes ski at the level that they have over the past seasons, the rest of the field will be left to battle for bronze. Kingsbury and Bilodeau have split the six moguls World Cup events held this winter, with three victories apiece. In four of those six events the two athletes have finished within a single point of each other.

Patrick Deenen of the United States and his teammate Bradley Wilson are the only other athletes with multiple podiums in the 2013/14 season, with two each. Deneen currently sits third on the World Cup leaderboard.

Meanwhile,Torino 2006 gold medallist and Vancouver 2010 silver medallist Dale Begg-Smith of Australia made a surprise return to the World Cup on 14th December 2013 after more than three years away from competition. A podium at Sochi 2014 would level him with Kari Traa of Norway as the most decorated Freestyle skier in Olympic history.

In Vancouver it was Smith trying and failing to hold off then 22-year-old Bilodeau. Now, at Sochi 2014, it's Bilodeau on the other side of the coin, facing down what will be the toughest challenge of his career in 21-year-old countryman Kingsbury.

Tune in an don't miss out on the excitement on Monday, 10th February at 10 p.m. local time!