After a slow start to his season, Chris Del Bosco has been gathering momentum on the ski cross with four consecutive wins - first at the World Cup at Les Contamines, first in the X Games, first at the FIS Freestyle World Championships and, as of Feb. 11, first at a World Cup event at Blue Mountain, Ontario.
Del Bosco grew up skiing in Sudbury, Ontario and had been to Blue before. From start to finish supporters, including friends and family, cheered him on.
Andreas Matt of Austria placed second, followed by Thomas Kraus of the Czech Republic.
Nik Zoricic of Toronto, another fan favourite, was knocked out of contention in the semi-finals, but made up for it with a win in the small finals to place fifth overall.
"It feels pretty good," said Del Bosco of his streak. "Hopefully I can keep it going. My first start of the day was horrible but from there on out the starts got better."
In a sport where winning the hole shot means so much, Del Bosco isn't famous for his fast starts but for his aggressive skiing and daring passes - and coming from behind to win medals.
That's how Del Bosco found himself in fourth place in the first heat of the day, putting him in a situation where he would have to pass two people just to advance to the next round. He was successful, but didn't let that happen again.
"He was fired up today," said head coach Eric Archer. "He battled through the first run, going from fourth to second, and he just nailed it in the final."
There was a scary moment for the crowd when Whistler's Stan Rey lost control over the jump and landed on his back. He was later taken to the hospital in Collingwood where he was diagnosed with a pelvic fracture.
"It was a tough day to stay focused with everything that was going on," said Archer. "The course sped up. It was probably 20 to 30 per cent faster than (qualifying) yesterday. Everything because super short and super technical."
Dave Barr was 21st.
On the women's side, Kelsey Serwa's own three-event win streak came to an end after a crash in the semi-final. She came back to win the small final and place fifth.
"I did all that I could do," she said. "I had a good opportunity to win. It's kind of frustrating but that's the way it goes... At least I won the small final."
Serwa has been picking up injuries at almost every event, and added an injured elbow to the list at Blue. However, she's going to get a few weeks to rest before the final stretch of the World Cup circuit.