Host City: Sochi, Russia
Venue(s): Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Krasnaya Polyana
Date Started: February 10, 2014
Date Finished: February 10, 2014
The defending champion was Canadian [Alexandre Bilodeau] who had won the dual moguls World Championship in 2009, 2011, and 2013, and was runner-up in the moguls in 2011 and 2013. He was favored again in Sochi but no freestyler skiier had ever defended an Olympic gold medal. His biggest competition was expected to come from his teammate, [Mikael Kingsbury], who was the 2013 World Champion in moguls, had been the bronze medalist at the 2011 Worlds, and was the silver medalist behind Bilodeau in dual moguls in 2011 and 2013.
In the final round Bilodeau struggled on his first run and was fortunate to qualify for the second run. The leader was Russian [Aleksandr Smyshlyayev]. Canadians were 2-3-4 on the first run, with Kingsbury third, but Bilodeau finished only eighth. On the second run of the finals Canada was 1-2-3 this time, led by Kingsbury, followed by [Marc-Antoine Gagnon], and then Bilodeau and Smyshlyayev. The final medal run consisted of the top six competitors from the second run, with Kazakh [Dmitry Reykherd] and American [Patrick Deneen] filling out the field. The medal run was an easy victory for Bilodeau, who led silver medalist Kingsbury by 1.6 points, with Smyshlyayev getting bronze, and Gagnon just missing the podium. With his victory Bilodeau became the first freestyler to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals.
|6||Patrick Deneen||26||United States||USA|
|12||Choi Jae-U||19||South Korea||KOR|
|20||Bradley Wilson||21||United States||USA|