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Freestyle Skiing at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games:

Men's Ski Cross

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Host City: Sochi, Russia
Venue(s): Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Krasnaya Polyana
Date Started: February 20, 2014
Date Finished: February 20, 2014

Gold: FRA Jean-Frederic Chapuis
Silver: FRA Arnaud Bovolenta
Bronze: FRA Jonathan Midol

Summary

The difficult course saw multiple crashes that took out many of the favorites. Canadian Christopher Del Bosco and Swiss Alex Fiva both went out in the 1/8th-finals, while Austrian Andreas Matt, the 2010 silver medalist, failed to make the semi-finals. The final came down to three Frenchmen, led by 2013 World Champion Jean-Frédéric Chapuis, and Canadian Brady Leman. The result was as unlikely as it could be as Chapuis won the gold medal, leading a French medal sweep, followed by Arnaud Bovolenta and Jonathan Midol.

Despite Chapuis’s 2013 World title, he had won only one World Cup race in 32 starts, and Bovolenta and Midol had never even made a World Cup podium previously. Bovolenta's previous best result was a sixth place earned earlier in the season at Val Thorens, while Midol’s best World Cup finish was a fourth place in 2012/13 at Les Contamines. Midol’s brother, Bastien, was much better known, having won the silver medal at the 2013 Worlds. Jonathan Midol fell shortly before the finish of the final and sprawled across the finish line for his bronze, but Leman could not contest the medal, having skidded and fallen early in the final run, conceding the medals to the French threesome.

The carnage from the course was best typified in the first quarter-final, won by Switzerland's Armin Niederer, who was the only skiier to cross the line standing. Behind him three skiiers crashed and fell near the finish, with Russian Yegor Korotkov finishing second as he rolled over the line.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jean-Frederic Chapuis 24 France FRA Gold
2 Arnaud Bovolenta 25 France FRA Silver
3 Jonathan Midol 26 France FRA Bronze
4 Brady Leman 27 Canada CAN
5 Yegor Korotkov 27 Russia RUS
6 Filip Flisar 26 Slovenia SLO
7 Armin Niederer 26 Switzerland SUI
8 Florian Eigler 23 Germany GER
9 Victor Öhling Norberg 23 Sweden SWE
10 Jonas Devouassoux 24 France FRA
11 John Eklund 20 Sweden SWE
12 Andreas Schauer 28 Germany GER
13 Jouni Pellinen 30 Finland FIN
14 Andreas Matt 31 Austria AUT
15 Didrik Juell 23 Norway NOR
16 Thomas Fischer 27 Germany GER
17 Christopher Del Bosco 31 Canada CAN
18 Tomáš Kraus 39 Czech Republic CZE
19 Daniel Bohnacker 23 Germany GER
20 Christoph Wahrstötter 24 Austria AUT
21 Sergey Mozhayev 25 Russia RUS
22 Michael Forslund 27 Sweden SWE
23 Scott Kneller 24 Australia AUS
24 Patrick Koller 30 Austria AUT
25 Anton Grimus 23 Australia AUS
26 Dave Duncan 31 Canada CAN
27 Thomas Zangerl 30 Austria AUT
28 John Teller 30 United States USA
29 Christian Mithassel 26 Norway NOR
30 Thomas Lie 28 Norway NOR
AC Alex Fiva 28 Switzerland SUI DNF