At the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Team Canada will have to do excellent in freestyle skiing if they want to achieve their goal of winning the overall medal standings. Despite the recent injuries to Canadian snowboarders, first place is still the goal according to the Own the Podium website on Friday.
There is also a great possibility of Team Canada winning more than one medal in single events. In men's moguls for example, Olympic champion and current World Cup leader Alexandre Bilodeau of Montreal and defending World Champion Mikael Kingsbury of Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec are definite medal contenders who have dominated the World Cup circuit this season. Kingsbury won the first three races, while Bilodeau won the last three.
In women's slopestyle skiing meanwhile, Montreal's Kaya Turski is the reigning X Games champion, while Dara Howell of Huntsville, Ontario has been the most consistent slopestyle skier in the world, as she finished second in the World Cup circuit this year and second at the 2013 World Freestyle Skiing Championships in Voss, Norway to Turski.
Another Canadian who is a legitimate gold medal contender is Marielle Thompson of Vancouver in women's ski cross. Thompson has victories in Nakiska and Val Thorens, France and has two other podium finishes.
Other Canadian medal contenders are Mike Riddle of Edmonton in men's halfpipe, three men's ski cross racers--Brady Leman of Calgary, Christopher Del Bosco of Montreal and David Duncan of London, Ontario, Chloe and Justine Dufour-Lapointe in women's moguls and Rosalind Groenewoud of Calgary in women's halfpipe skiing.
Halfpipe skiing and slopestyle skiing will be making their Olympic debut at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. In halfpipe skiing, athletes compete in a u-shaped ramp similar to halfpipe snowboarders, while in slopestyle skiing, competitors ski down rails and do acrobatic jumps while skiing down a mountain. Both events are judged disciplines.
Here are my freestyle skiing predictions:
Men's Aerials (February 17)
Men's Moguls (February 10)
Bronze--Patrick Deneen--United States
Men's Ski Cross (February 20)
Gold--Victor Oehling Norberg--Sweden
Men's Halfpipe (February 18)
Gold--David Wise--United States
Men's Slopestyle (February 13)
Gold--Nicholas Goepper--United States
Silver--Bobby Brown--United States
Women's Aerials (February 14)
Women's Moguls (February 6 & 8)
Gold--Hannah Kearney--United States
Bronze--Eliza Outtrim--United States
Women's Ski Cross (February 21)
Women's Halfpipe (February 20)
Gold--Maddie Bowman--United States
Women's Slopestyle (February 11)
Bronze--Keri Herman--United States