Just as Gold eluded Canadian women’s mogul skier Jenn Heil by a whisker last night, so too it was for men’s Australian mogul skier Dale Begg-Smith tonight. If the former Olympic champion Begg-Smith was going to miss out on completing a back-to-back gold performance up at Cypress Mountain tonight however, then I was more than happy for his successor to be a Canadian. After all, there is at least a small amount of maple syrup running through these veins of mine.
Competing in drastically better conditions than the women last night, Canadian Alexandre Bilodeau rose to the occasion and stole the top podium position from the Aussie with a flawless run that resulted in him becoming the first ever Canadian to win an Olympic gold medal on Canadian soil.
Try as he might, Dale Begg-Smith’s equally impressive final run, which featured a back puck/pike with position and a 720 off-axis dspin, wasn’t enough to secure his second Olympic gold in as many attempts.
“I skied the way I wanted to ski, and that’s all I can control,” said Begg Smith.
“There was a lot of good runs today, and it just depends on the day.”
“I think it’s great that Canada won gold and the crowd was really happy with it, and they went crazy.”
“We’re all here to put on a show and I think they enjoyed what they saw.”
I’m so glad I was able to catch the event! Needless to say I left the Atlantic Canada House on Granville Island with a permanent grin etched on my dial from ear to ear.