Four years after falling short of expectations, Ikuma Horishima exorcised some Olympic demons by winning a Beijing Olympic Games bronze medal the hard way.

Entering the games in China, Horishima was considered the most likely challenger to Canadian moguls monolith Mikael Kingsbury, but when the Japanese faltered at the first qualifying hurdle two days ago, it looked like he was in for a repeat of his 2018 debut.

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