Additionally two medals to Canada in mens' Dual Moguls
Alex Bilodeau won gold in the dual moguls finals at Deer Valley Resort to cap a successful Canadian campaign at the 2011 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships in Park City. His country man, Mikael Kingsbury captured silver medal while Nobuyuki Nishi, Japan, won bronze.
Bilodeau met up with 18-year-old Mikael Kingsbury for the crown of World Champion. As the lower qualifier for finals, Kingsbury was forced to ski a course he hadn’t skied all night. He caught an edge and lost control, giving the win to Rosemere, Quebec’s Bilodeau.
Japan’s Nobuyuki Nishi beat World Cup points leader Guilbaut Colas, from France, for the bronze medal in the small final.
“It feels great to win here,” said the Olympic Champion and defending Dual Mogul World Champion who had never before won on the Deer Valley course. “It’s super hard to defend your title when you have young guys like (Kingsbury) coming up. I’m working harder and harder to stay there, but the young guys like Mikael are pushing harder and harder too.”
Bilodeau added that he believes the success of the team, witnessed by a remarkable 16 medals for Canada, including eight World Championship titles, in four days of competition here is due in part to, the resources the team has been able to access as a result of the Own the Podium program and corporate sponsorship. “The Canadian Freestyle Association has all the resources there for us and it makes our job way easier.”
“We’ll both be happy. At the end we just tried to have fun because we’re really good friends,” said Bilodeau.
2011 FIS Freestyle World Championships
Park City Mountain Resort, Park City, UT – Feb. 5, 2011
Gold: Alexandre Bilodeau, Canada
Silver: Mikael Kingsbury, Canada
Bronze: Nobuyuki Nishi, Japan