Call Canada the masters of moguls.
For the second time in the Sochi Games, Canadian skiers finished first and second in a freestyle moguls competition, cementing their position atop the sport.
Canadian skier Alex Bilodeau won his second straight Olympic gold medal in the men’s event in Sochi on Monday, soundly defeating his closest rival and teammate, Mikael Kingsbury, who won the silver.
Russian Alexandr Smyshlyaev won bronze, with American Patrick Deneen, a former world champion who is ranked third in the world, finishing sixth.
The one-two finish for Bilodeau and Kingsbury came two days after Canadian sisters Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe did the same in the women’s moguls final.
Skiing on slushy snow, Bilodeau scored a 26.31 in his final run, marked by a 1080-degree jump. Kingsbury, the reigning world champion, stumbled while landing one of his jumps, and ended up with a 24.71.
The two Canadian men have been leapfrogging each other in the world cup circuit for years.
Bilodeau, 26, has won the last three events, but Kingsbury, 21, is the reigning world champion. This is Kingsbury’s first Olympics.
Their rivalry is one of the sport’s most intense, pitting two teammates who are friendly but not friends.