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Canada wins gold and silver in men’s moguls

Canada's Alex Bilodeau competes during the men's freestyle skiing moguls competition. (Mike Blake/Reuters)

Canada’s Alex Bilodeau competes during the men’s freestyle skiing moguls competition. (Mike Blake/Reuters)

Alexandre Bilodeau earned his second consecutive gold medal in men’s moguls, while teammate Mikael Kingsbury took home the silver.

The double win puts Canada in first place in the overall medal standings.

This is Bilodeau’s second gold medal after winning the event in Vancouver. Russian Alexandr Smyshlyaev earned the bronze.

Read the full story.

Congratulations

Fellow Canadian Olympians congratulated the pair immediately following the game.

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Brains, demons and skulls: Canada’s skeleton team gets creative

Canada's John Fairbairn starts down the skeleton course on a training run. (Murad Sezer/Reuters)

Canada’s John Fairbairn starts down the skeleton course on a training run. (Murad Sezer/Reuters)

Skeleton slider John Fairbairn has a degree in mechanical engineering, and was given the moniker “Brains” after a track announcer mispronounced his name. “I’ve always been a bit of a nerd and so I’ve had a brain painted on my helmet.”

Eric Neilson, meanwhile, took a different approach with his demon head: “The helmet is on fire,” he said Wednesday.

“Unlike John, apparently I’m a complete idiot.”

Canada's Eric Neilson speeds down the skeleton course during training at the Sanki sliding center in Rosa Khutor. (Murad Sezer/Reuters)

Canada’s Eric Neilson speeds down the skeleton course during training at the Sanki sliding center in Rosa Khutor. (Murad Sezer/Reuters)

“I think it’s one of the opportunities that we have in our sport to show our own personalities,” said Calgary slider Sarah Reid, who has painted a Day of the Dead image on hers with a girl and skulls.

Sarah Reid from Canada starts her training run prior to the 2014 Winter Olympics. (Natacha Pisarenko/The Associated Press)

Sarah Reid from Canada starts her training run prior to the 2014 Winter Olympics. (Natacha Pisarenko/The Associated Press)

Which helmet do you like the best? Tweet us your vote, @GlobeOlympics

– With a report from Alan Baldwin, Reuters

 

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