Freestyle Canada – Park City, Utah, USA, February 2, 2019 – Quebec skier Alex Beaulieu-Marchand maintained the momentum by winning bronze at the 2019 FIS Utah 2019 World Championships.
This was the third medal in 10 days for the 24-year-old from Quebec City, who finished second in the Slopestyle and Big Air events at the X Games last weekend. This is his first career medal at the World Championships.
In his first run, Beaulieu-Marchand landed a left triple 1260 safety for a score of 91.25. He improved his score on his second try with a switch left side triple 1440 Japan that won him the judges’ favour with a score of 92.00 for a combined score of 183.25. He was unable to improve his position with his third jump when he tried a switch left 1440 Bow and Arrow octograb, which he unfortunately failed to land.
The 2018 Canadian Olympic bronze medallist still captured the bronze, behind Switzerland’s Fabien Boesch and Sweden’s Henrik Harlaut.
“I am so happy to be competing at the World Championships. The 2019 season has been amazing for me with three consecutive podiums. I’m really happy with my performance; I landed my first two jumps. I had planned a little bonus for my third jump but I wasn’t able to pull it off,” said Beaulieu-Marchand.
The other Canadian in the final, Evan McEachran, finished 9thafter having failed to land his impressive trademark 1800s.
“Unfortunately on my first jump I went a little bigger than expected and touched my hands down, and then the second time, I guess my grab in the air slipped off at the start. I can’t complain as I wasn’t even sure if I could ski this week due to an injury but I am feeling decent and looking forward to the slopestyle competition,” said McEachran.
Earlier in the day, Teal Harle and Philippe Langevin took part in the qualifying round but were unable to secure their ticket to the final.
Skiers will be back in action again at the slopestyle event scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, February 6.