The spirit of the Winter Olympics is for countries to come together in unison and compete against each other for glory on the ice and snow.
However, in the men’s moguls it will be an intra-country battle between two Canadians for the gold medal and the rightful claim to the sport’s throne. Alex Bilodeau, who is ranked No. 1 in the World Cup Standings, and Mikael Kingsbury, who is ranked No. 2, are the heavy favorites heading into the competition.
Here is the broadcast information, including the television information and live stream, for the showdown:
Men’s Moguls Final
Date: Monday, Feb. 10
Time: 1 p.m. ET, 10 p.m. Sochi time and 6 p.m. GMT
TV Broadcast: NBC at 3 p.m. ET (rebroadcast), NBC at 8 p.m. ET (rebroadcast) and BBC at 6 p.m. GMT
Live Stream: NBCOlympics.com
Clearly, the headlines from this event are all about Bilodeau and Kingsbury.
The stage was set perfectly by FIS-Ski.com:
If both athletes ski at the level that they have over the past seasons, the rest of the field will be left to battle for bronze. Kingsbury and Bilodeau have split the six moguls World Cup events held this winter, with three victories apiece. In four of those six events the two athletes have finished within a single point of each other.
Bilodeau is the defending Olympic champion and has reached the podium in 14 consecutive events. He also has three world championships under his belt.
He became the first Canadian athlete to ever win an Olympic gold on home soil and is also looking to become the first freestyle skier to defend an Olympic title.
If he is going to do so, he will have to top his teammate Kingsbury, who actually has more career World Cup titles between the two of them (19 to 18).
Kingsbury has reached the podium 20 times in a row and became the youngest skier to win a World Cup event in 2010 (he was 18).
While the Canadians are certainly the favorites, there may be an American flavor to the medal podium if Patrick Deneen can come through.
Deneen began his skiing career as an alpine racer before making the switch to moguls. The decision has paid off in earnest, as he counts the 2008 FIS World Cup Rookie of the Year, the 2009 World Championship and a United States title to his resume.
The one glaring hole is the lack of an Olympic medal after he finished a disappointing 19th in Vancouver in 2010.
However, he is more confident heading into the Sochi competition, as he told Meri-Jo Borzilleri of The Seattle Times: “I’ve just gotten better and more consistent. I’m really confident…I can ski at 70 percent and be on the podium.”
The one spot that Deneen may have an advantage on the Canadians at is with his speed and turns on the actual course. Bilodeau and Kingsbury are impressive in the air and often clinch their victories with style, but the former alpine skier Deneen can hang in with his acumen on the hill.
Make sure to tune in to see if there is a North American sweep on the medal podium.
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