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The Canadian Press - Sunday Jan. 19, 2014 21:49 ET

Alex Bilodeau wins 3rd straight moguls World Cup

Canadian teammate Mikaël Kingsbury wins silver

Moguls silver medalist Mikael Kingsbury, left, from Canada congratulates compatriot and gold medalist Alex Bilodeau during victory ceremonies at the World Cup in Val St. Come, Que., on Sunday. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)
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Alex Bilodeau is afraid of where all this momentum could be taking him.

Bilodeau won his third straight World Cup moguls event Sunday in Val St. Come, Que., edging out teammate and rival Mikaël Kingsbury.

A showdown at next month's Winter Games between Bilodeau, the reigning Olympic champion, and Kingsbury, the defending world champion, has the Rosemere, Que., native worried about when the intensity peaks in Sochi, Russia.

"I need to admit I'm a bit afraid of where we're heading towards," said Bilodeau. "Every race we're pushing the limit, we're pushing and pushing...

"If we continue to push before the Olympics it's going to be a nice show because I don't know where it's going."

Canada finished Sunday's competition with four medals after Chloe Dufour-Lapointe and her sister Justine took first and second place, respectively, in the women's event.

Three sisters headed to Sochi

Their elder sister, Maxime, finished 15th and is also going to make the trip to next month's Sochi Winter Olympics. 

“The best of this is that I have achieved my goal,” Maxime Dufour-Lapointe said in a press release. To work towards something and make it happen. It’s the best thing in the world!”

Quebec City's Audrey Robichaud is also on her way to the Winter Olympics. Although she did not take part in Sunday's competition, she earned her spot based on last year.

Bilodeau won with a score of 26.49, while Kingsbury, from Deux-Montagnes, Que., followed at 25.66. Bradley Wilson of the United States was third.

Perhaps more surprisingly though was Terrebonne, Que., native Marc-Antoine Gagnon, who booked his spot in Sochi with a seventh-place finish. 

Bilodeau, now four years removed from being the first Canadian to win gold on home soil, said he doesn't take the pair's success for granted with the Olympics so close.

"If we continue to push each other there's a myriad of scenarios that could come down. We could both do big mistakes also and come to the back of the field but hopefully it won't come to that point," he said.

"But we're two pretty constant skiers and we should make it down with no mistakes, and Mikaël is a very consistent skier without doing any mistakes here or there, so I need to be on top of my game."

Chloe Dufour-Lapointe meanwhile maintained she's the picture of calm after the Montreal native's latest win. She took gold with a score of 23.79, while Justine Dufour-Lapointe followed at 22.51 ahead of Japan's Junko Hoshino.

Chloe Dufour-Lapointe is heading to her second Olympics after finishing ninth in 2010. With nothing to compete for between now and the Winter Games, she said she won't be losing sleep during the wait.

"I'm not nervous at all," she said. "Yeah, for sure, it's the Olympics, it's going to be big, but I'm expecting this for my second time on the Olympics team. Every single event that I did this year I was working on the process and to be able to go to Sochi and get the best that I can do."

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