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"You kind of hope you'll be right back at it," said DelBosco. "I've been watching the races and I kind of knew what everybody was doing. I wasn't out of it too much, and it all came together. It was a little surprising to be able to jump back in, but it's something I was hoping for."
DelBosco's shoulder and back injury have more or less healed, he said, and he was able to continue to strengthen his legs and core while his shoulder recovered. As well, there was no muscle or ligament damage, just surgery to repair the bone — something that sped up his recovery and made him more confident that he wasn't going to reinjure himself.
"I'm good to go," he said. "Today was a pretty good test, there were a few pretty good jumps and I made a pretty good pass in one of the heats, and made a tricky move to get back on the line, and did pretty much everything I could do... I can't really be thinking, 'I might crash here' but if I do I'm ready to go."
Victor Oehling Norberg won the race, while Andreas Schauer of Germany and Alex Fiva of Switzerland were third and fourth.
Tafel, who picked up the silver medal in the previous event in Germany, placed fifth, while Brady Leman was 13th and David Duncan 22nd. There were 70 racers in the event with every qualified athlete turning out to see the Olympic course.
There are four World Cup events remaining, all of them in Europe, plus the FIS Freestyle World Championships in Norway.
Moguls team earns two
Over the past two seasons, mogul skier Mikael Kingsbury has dominated on every World Cup course in the world, so why should Sochi be any different?
On Friday, Feb. 15, Kingsbury won gold on the Olympic course at Krasnaya Polyana, with teammate Philippe Marquis pulling up third behind American Patrick Deneen.
"I am excited," said Kingsbury. "I think this is the biggest thing I have won so far in my life so it's crazy. I have never won a World Championship or the Olympics, and this is the Olympic test event."
In fact, Kingsbury is undefeated on the course, having dropped into a Europa Cup moguls contest last year to get a sense of the course and winning that event.
Kingsbury is only on his third season on the World Cup tour, and already has 29 medals to his credit. So far this season he has five gold medals and a bronze, missing the podium only once when his ski popped off mid-course. While he's more or less a lock to compete for Canada in 2014, the win in Sochi guaranteed him a spot in the Olympics.
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