Canadian freestyle skier Alex Bilodeau takes home gold at 2014 Winter Olympics
The 2014 Winter Olympics showcases the best athletes in snow sports performing at the highest levels of competition. Every jump, turn and slide down the mountain courses in Sochi, Russia, is history in the making. One of the most prominent freestyle skiers of this generation, Alex Bilodeau, has already solidified his status as a Winter Olympics legend by defending his title in the men's moguls.
Although Bilodeau arrived at the Games at the top of the world rankings, reaching the medal round proved to be far from an easy task. Rising temperatures turned portions of the formidable Rosa Khutor course into slush. What used to be freshly fallen snow that skiers love to race on turned into ice traps that led to participants veering off course and poor scores throughout the qualifying rounds. Bilodeau's first run would have ended in disaster had he not recovered from a brief miscalculation on his first jump.
The Canadian from Rosemere, Quebec, took home the gold medal after a near-perfect final run on the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park course that earned him a score of 26.31. He is the first freestyle skier to win back-to-back Olympic titles. His good friend and teammate Mikael Kingsbury came in second with a final run score of 24.71.