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Freestyle Skiing at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games:

Men's Moguls

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Host City: Vancouver, Canada
Venue(s): Cypress Mountain, West Vancouver
Date Started: February 14, 2010
Date Finished: February 14, 2010

Gold: CAN Alexandre Bilodeau
Silver: AUS Dale Begg-Smith
Bronze: USA Bryon Wilson

Summary

Expatriate Canadian and defending Olympic champion from Australia Dale Begg-Smith was the favorite coming into the Men's Moguls, having made a great comeback from an injury midway through the previous season. Although he was ranked #1 in the world, there were several notable challengers for Olympic gold in 2010, including Finland's Mikko Ronkainen (2006 Olympic silver medalist) and Tapio Luusua (2009 World Championship silver medalist) and Patrick Deneen of the United States (2009 World Championship gold medalist). The placings after the qualifying round were scattered: France's Guilbaut Colas was first, Canada's Alexandre Bilodeau was second, Begg-Smith was fourth, Deneen was tenth, and Ronkainen was twentieth, just barely hitting the cutoff for qualification, a mark missed by Luusua.

Deneen's crash into the gates on the landing hill and Ronkainen's lackluster run left the top four qualifiers (which included Bryon Wilson of the United States) as the most likely podium finishers. An impressive run by Begg-Smith left him at the front of the pack, and Wilson came in right behind him, assuring the Australian a medal. Bilodeau followed next and did not disappoint his compatriots, edging out Begg-Smith's time by 0.55 seconds, the determining factor in his being ranked in the gold medal position. When Colas completed the event with a sixth-place run, Bilodeau became the first Canadian to win an Olympic gold medal on his home turf. When he received his medal the next day, the Canadian flag was raised at a home Olympics to the top level of the flagpole for the first time on the 45th anniversary of the unveiling of Canada's Maple Leaf Flag, as the nation celebrated Flag Day.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Alexandre Bilodeau 22 Canada CAN Gold
2 Dale Begg-Smith 25 Australia AUS Silver
3 Bryon Wilson 21 United States USA Bronze
4 Vincent Marquis 25 Canada CAN
5 Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau 30 Canada CAN
6 Guilbaut Colas 26 France FRA
7 Sho Endo 19 Japan JPN
8 Jesper Björnlund 24 Sweden SWE
9 Noboyuki Nishi 24 Japan JPN
10 Aleksandr Smyshlyayev 22 Russia RUS
11 Maxime Gingras 25 Canada CAN
12 Pierre Ochs 25 France FRA
13 Denis Dolgodvorov 27 Russia RUS
14 Mikko Ronkainen 31 Finland FIN
15 Michael Morse 28 United States USA
16 Arttu Kiramo 19 Finland FIN
17 Yugo Tsukita 33 Japan JPN
18 Dmitry Reykherd 21 Kazakhstan KAZ
19T Nate Roberts 27 United States USA
19T Patrick Deneen 22 United States USA
21 Tapio Luusua 28 Finland FIN
22 Arnaud Burille 21 France FRA
23 Per Spett 24 Sweden SWE
24 Kai Ozaki 22 Japan JPN
25 Andrey Volkov 23 Russia RUS
26 Lukáš Vaculík 23 Czech Republic CZE
27 Ramone Cooper 21 Australia AUS
28 Sergey Volkov 22 Russia RUS
29 Dmitry Barmashov 24 Kazakhstan KAZ
30 Anthony Benna 22 France FRA