Matt Graham wins silver in Pyeongchang

Matt Graham

Matt Graham soars through the air during the men's moguls qualifier

Canada's Mikael Kingsbury captured his first Olympic title Monday, winning gold in the men's moguls at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Kingsbury is favoured in the event, having dominated in the World Cup season this year.

Only one would better his score and it was the overwhelming favourite for top spot on the podium, Mikael Kingsbury.

Matt Graham of Australia clinched the silver and Japan's Daichi Hara took bronze.

He is the all-time leader in moguls skiing victories and his streak of 13 consecutive World Cup wins is the most in history, but this Olympic gold was the medal he has craved since losing out to compatriot Alex Bilodeau in 2014.

After his win, Graham said it had been a "long journey" to get to this point, and that it was "still sinking in" that he was an Olympic medallist.

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The former aspiring sailor turned skier finished second to the GOAT of moguls, Mick Kingsbury from Canada.

"He chose skiing and as a younger brother you just wanted to be like your older brother", he said.

Sochi bronze medallist Aleksandr Smyshliaev (Olympic athletes from Russia) was a shock absentee from the final 12 after a poor opening run. "I'm sure everyone here has studied it, trying to crack the code, and I just don't know if there is a code". Last year, I didn't have any good performances and this is my first podium finish.

"I am just so happy", said Hara.

Marc-Antoine Gagnon of Terrebonne, Que., was in third place before Hara bumped him to fourth - the same result he had in 2014 when he just missed the podium behind bronze medallist Alexandr Smyshlyaev of Russian Federation.

For the 24.85 second run, Graham scored 15.23 time points, 16.44 for air height and 50.9 for his turns to give him his final score.

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