The Canadian freestyle ski team raked in the medals once again, this time with a triple World Cup at Deer Valley, Utah — moguls, aerials and dual moguls — and a halfpipe competition at Park City, Utah.
Mikael Kingsbury kicked off the week's medal streak with a win in the single moguls, followed by teammate Alex Bilodeau in second. It was Kingsbury's fourth win this year and his 19th straight World Cup medal.
"I'm very excited, to do a podium here and win, it's the best feeling," said the 20-year-old Kingsbury of the night event. "It's the best course in the world and I always look forward to this stop more than any other place. The course and the crowd and everything is just perfect here."
In the end, Kingsbury and Bilodeau were separated by just 0.18 points, while American Patrick Deneen placed third by almost half a point.
"Alex pushed me all day with his skiing, he was skiing super well and it was a good battle today," said Kingsbury. "I know he wants to win, and I want to win, so we push each other to the max. It's going to be interesting for duals (on Sunday)."
For Bilodeau, who took off most of last season to train, the race was another opportunity to fine-tune his skiing before he defends his Olympic title in 2014.
"For me, it's the first time this season that I showed my best skiing," he said. "I made a small mistake in the middle section, but other than that I'm really happy."
Phil Marquis also made it into the six-skier super final, where he placed fifth overall. Simon Pouliot-Cavanagh and Marc-Antoine Gagnon also made the finals, placing ninth and 12th respectively.
In the women's event, it was a rare shutout for Canada with none of the women making the super finals to be in a position to podium. Audrey Robichaud just missed the cut-off in seventh place, followed by teammate Justine Dufour-Lapointe in eighth and Andi Naude in 12th. Chloe Dufour-Lapointe was 17th, Maxime Dufour-Lapointe 20th and Whistler's Chelsea Henitiuk 22nd.
The Americans swept the podium with Hannah Kearney on top of the podium, followed by Heather McPhie and Eliz Outtrim.
In aerials, Travis Gerrits continued to lead the Canadian team while 2012 overall World Cup winner Olivier Rochon's troubles continued.
Gerrits placed second on Saturday, between Maxime Gustik of Belarus and Michael Rossi of the U.S.
The athletes used the new World Cup and World Championship format, which calls for four jumps instead of the usual two — a qualifier, a round-of-12 jump, a round-of-eight jump and a super final for the top four. Making things even more challenging, athletes have to perform different jumps in the three final rounds, which has proved a challenge for athletes with stock jumps they have relied on in the past — and the level of difficulty of jumps sometimes goes down from round to round as a result as athlete's empty their bags of tricks.