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France sweeps podium in wild men’s freeski cross event

Freestyle Skiing - Winter Olympics Day 13

during the Freestyle Skiing Men’s Ski Cross 1/8 Finals on day 13 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

Streeter Lecka

The second-ever Olympic men’s freeski cross event was full of memorable moments. The French capped it all off with a 1-2-3 finish in the final, as Jean Frederic Chapuis with winning gold, Arnaud Bovolenta taking silver and Jonathan Midol locking up bronze.

VIDEO: Watch the crash

Some other eye-popping events (and mustaches) threatened to steal the show, however. Slovenia’s Filip Flisar came in second in the small final, but his ‘stache won him a lot of attention.

Freestyle Skiing - Winter Olympics Day 13

during the Freestyle Skiing Men’s Ski Cross 1/8 Finals on day 13 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

Streeter Lecka

Judging from his helmet, Flisar is well-aware of his most distinguishing feature.

The predicted unpredictability came into play for sure, as the event featured one of the oddest photo finishes you’ll see in Olympic sport during the semifinals:

With mustaches and crashes galore, it’s easy to lose track of all the action, but France’s dominance was pretty easy to notice on Thursday.

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