He may be the “Mogul of Moguls,” but Alex Bilodeau believes there is still lots of work to be done before heading to the Sochi Games.
The 26-year-old won gold on Saturday in the men’s World Cup mogul’s event. But he wasn’t pleased with his performance, winning with a score of 24.62 points.
“Saying that I was very proud of my skiing today would be too much,” said the Rosemere, Que. native. “There’s still room for improvement, I did a lot of mistakes today.”
The conditions in Deer Valley made it more difficult for the athletes than normal as the course had icy patches and snow that affected visibility at times.
“It was a hard course today, everybody made mistakes,” said Bilodeau.
The 2010 Olympic champion wasn’t the only Canadian to finish atop the podium as world champion Mikael Kingsbury of Deux-Montagnes, Que., placed second with 24.55 points, while Montreal’s Marc-Antoine Gagnon finished fifth.
“Marc-Antoine did very good,” said Bilodeau. “(He) finished fifth, but he has to be proud coming out of Deer Valley. He probably earned his Olympic spot.”
“There’s a lot of competition internally and it’s pushing Mikael and I to the limit,” he added.
On the women’s side, Canadian Maxime Dufour-LaPointe made her first podium of her career, winning bronze with 23.74 points.
American Hannah Kearney took gold with a 25.21-point performance while Kazakhstan’s Yulia Galysheva was second at 23.96.
Bilodeau and company have two more competitions on schedule before leaving for Sochi, Russia in February. The next one to take place is the USA FIS World Cup in Lake Placid, NY. on Jan. 15.