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Olympics: Begg-Smith's career ends with face down in snow

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It probably wasn't the bang he wanted to go out with but former Olympic champion Dale Begg-Smith's moguls career ended with a face full of snow on Monday.

The Canadian-born 29-year-old won gold in Turin in 2006 and added silver in Vancouver four years ago but there was to be no last hurrah in Sochi for the controversial Australian

Begg-Smith finished 19th in the first heat and needed a top 10 finish in the last chance second heat to qualify for the final.

But instead, he crashed badly on his second jump as his skis seemed to get tangled during a back flip, preventing him from getting both out in front of him for his landing.

And having been out of the sport for three years following the last Games, he said this time it really was the end.

"It was a desperate move to come back this year, I was looking for a miraculous performance," he said.

Begg-Smith moved to Australia when he was 16 because the Canadian ski programme clashed with his successful internet advertising business -- although that later courted controversy when it was accused of being involved in the distribution of malicious software.

In Turin in 2006 he became the youngest ever winner of the men's moguls competition.

Although he made a successful return to competition before this Olympics, finishing fifth in his first event back, he failed to follow that up with similar results.

And his troubles continued in Sochi.

"I just wasn't feeling it tonight. The snow was soft and I haven't skied on soft snow for four years. I wasn't feeling it, I just got a little bit off," he said.

As for his future plans, Begg-Smith wasn't giving anything away: "I'm an international man of mystery. I'm going to keep you guys guessing."

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