Host City: Vancouver, Canada
Venue(s): Cypress Mountain, West Vancouver
Date Started: February 21, 2010
Date Finished: February 21, 2010
The Canadians had swept the Skier-Cross podium at the Winter X Games in January (known as "Skier X" at that tournament), but the silver and bronze medal finishers were out with injuries, leaving only gold medalist [Christopher Del Bosco] to compete at the Winter Olympics. Del Bosco also had two victories at on the 2009-2010 World Cup circuit, a record matched at that point in the season only by Switzerland's [Mike Schmid], another favorite in the event. Other medal contenders were [Simon-Raphael Stickl] of Germany, [Xavier Kuhn] of France, and [Andreas Matt] of Austria, all of whom had one title in the competition in the 2009-2010 World Cup.
In the 1/8 final, Kuhn crashed out and Stickl was eliminated, leaving Del Bosco, Schmid, and Matt as the major medal contenders. [Audun GrÃ¸nvold] of Norway, whose best finish had been second during the World Cup, rounded out the foursome that would compete in the final. Schmid was the clear leader in the last race, and Matt was not far behind him. Del Bosco and GrÃ¸nvold battled it out for the bronze throughout the race, with the former gaining the edge shortly before the end of the course. During a bid to move into second place, however, Del Bosco lost balance during a jump and crashed out, assuring GrÃ¸nvold the bronze.
|4||Christopher Del Bosco||27||Canada||CAN|
|11||TomÃ¡Å¡ Kraus||35||Czech Republic||CZE|
|23||Casey Puckett||37||United States||USA|
|28||Daron Rahlves||36||United States||USA|
|AC||ZdenÄk Å afÃ¡Å||31||Czech Republic||CZE||DNF|