Patrick Deneen skied into the medal finals, finishing sixth in the Olympic moguls competition Monday night in Rosa Khutor. (AFP-Javier Soriano)
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Feb. 10) - Patrick Deneen (Cle Elum, WA) skied his way into the medal finals, ending up sixth in the Olympic moguls competition at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. Canada's Alex Bilodeau made history, becoming the first freestyle athlete to repeat gold. His teammate Mikael Kingsbury won silver with Russia's Alexandr Smyshlyaev lighting up the crowd with bronze.
Patrick Deneen (Cle Elum, WA) skied to sixth in the Olympic moguls competition at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.
Alex Bilodeau led a Canadian onslaught repeating as gold medalist with teammate Mikael Kingsbury silver and Russia Alexandr Smyshyaev bronze.
Deneen was on the bubble in the round of 12 when Canada's Philippe Marquis dropped to eighth, paving the way for Deneen to climb into the medals round.
Brad Wilson (Butte, MT) was 20th, going out in the round of 20 when he did a full body touch on his top air, bouncing back up but his fate was sealed.
The HAM Moguls Stadium was jam packed and on its edge for Smyshyaev.
Aerials training continues tomorrow. The ladies compete on the 14th and the men on the 17th.
QUOTES Patrick Deneen The Canadians have a few really strong skiers and today they showed that. The course is pretty crazy. It's a little different than it was yesterday and we're having to adapt to that each time. It's part of the sport though and it's something we know and adapt to as much as we can. The course didn't freeze last night like we wanted and it was warmer today which definitely had an affect on the hill.