Begg Smith stood poised to become the first Canadian born athlete to ever win gold on home soil. Only for Australia.
Cold blooded or not, Begg Smith very nearly froze the hearts of an entire nation. The self made Internet millionaire arrived in Vancouver last week as the undisputed favourite to grace the top of the podium on Cypress Mountain. After all, he collected four gold medals and two silvers on the World Cup circuit this season.
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"My own opinion is that probably Alex is not capable of a 4.8 or a 4.9 (on his turns), because five is a perfect score," Geoff Lipshut, the team's high performance director, told Queensland's Courier Mail.
Coach Steve Desovich refused to criticize the judges, but said he thought Begg Smith deserved gold.
Neither did anyone else, really, until Alex Bilodeau ripped off a backflip with two twists on the top jump and broke every imaginary speed limit on the way down the course.
"He's very clinical," said Desovich. "You know he doesn't really have emotions like normal people. He's cold blooded."
"Dale had the highest turn points and the highest air points," he told the newspaper. Adidas High Tops Size 6
"I think it was great that Canada won gold and the crowd was really happy with it and everybody went crazy," Begg Smith said, in a display of graciousness. "We're out there to put on a show.
An Australian sport official accused judges of awarding inflated scores to Canadian Alex Bilodeau Sunday, allowing him to edge out Dale Begg Smith for gold in men's moguls.
"I ski the way I want to ski," Begg Smith said when asked whether it felt like he won silver or lost gold. "That's all I can control. I had a lot of good runs today. I skied as well as I could."
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in 2001 over philosophical differences, showed zero emotion upon winning Green Adidas High Tops silver just over the hill and up the highway from his childhood home in West Vancouver.
The Rosemere, Que., native crossed the finish line in a time of 23.17 seconds and crashed into the fence below.
Australian official believes Begg
"For everyone out there, it was special," he said, sounding like it was anything but.
Bilodeau gave Canada its first gold medal on home soil with a score of 26.75, .17 points better than Begg Smith.
"Dale skied unbelievable and I don't think you can fault anything he did. I thought Dale won, but that's just a gut feel."
this course," Australian teammate Ramone Cooper said before the final.
No one should be surprised, really. After all, the mercurial 25 year old displayed zero emotion upon winning gold four years ago in Turin, Italy, on behalf of his adopted country. Down Under, they call him the Ice Man.
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