INAWASHIRO, Japan - The Canadian team finished on a triumphant note at the freestyle world championships Sunday.
Alex Bilodeau of Rosemere, Que., bounced back from a disappointing eighth place in Saturday's single moguls final to capture the gold medal in men's dual moguls.
It was the ninth medal of the world championships for Canada.
''Being world champion is great,'' said Bilodeau, who has also won the last four events on the World Cup circuit. ''It's something I've look forward to since I was a little boy. It's a dream come true.''
The victory came despite facing the same soft, slushy snow conditions that frustrated him the day before.
''I was really disappointed with what I did (Saturday),'' admitted Bilodeau.
But he rebounded to win his first medal in international competition on the international circuit's most difficult course.
''It's my first time on the podium here, so it's really nice to break that curse. I can't describe the feeling,'' said Bilodeau.
Nevertheless, he won the qualification round and his opening dual with Vinjar Slatten of Norway. Bilodeau had a close call in his second of four duals, but defeated Yugo Tsukita of Japan 18-17.
Bilodeau won his semifinal over Quebec City teammate Vincent Marquis, the bronze medallist in single moguls.
Then, in the gold-medal dual, Bilodeau handily defeated Nobuyuki Nishi of Japan, 24-9, leaving Nishi with the silver.
Losing the bronze-medal dual against Tapio Luusua of Finland put Marquis fourth.
''I wish I had been on the podium again, but I fought a lot,'' said Marquis.
''I was missing my legs a little at the end. It's a tough course and five runs in a day is a big challenge, but I'm very proud of the way I skied.''
The other Canadian finalists were Maxime Gingras of St-Hippolyte, Que., in 11th and Philippe Marquis of Quebec City in 12th.
Jenn Heil of Spruce Grove, Alta., was the top Canadian woman in women's dual moguls, but not with the result she wanted. The two-time defending dual moguls world champion was eliminated in her first dual of the round of 16 against Jung-Hwa Seo of Korea.