Canadian Mogul and Aerial Athletes Head to Deer Valley
Freestyle Canada – Visa Freestyle International Ski World Cup, January 10-12, 2018
Deer Valley, USA, January 8, 2018 – A scant 72 hours after their World Cup in Calgary, the mogul skiers converge at Deer Valley, Utah on January 10 and 11, 2018 for their second double program of the season. The venue is one of the preferred stops for Canadian athletes, who love the supercharged atmosphere. The course is known as a notoriously tough one on the FIS World Cup circuit, making a podium win especially meaningful to competitors.
Last season, Mikaël Kingsbury garnered a double win with a gold in both the single and dual contests. His teammates, Phillipe Marquis and Marc-Antoine Gagnon, also stepped on the podium: the former with a third-place finish (single) and the latter, who went head-to-head against Kingsbury in dual moguls, with the second place. On the women’s side, Justine Dufour-Lapointe earned silver in the single event while Andi Naude also finished second in dual moguls.
The aerial athletes, meanwhile, will compete on Friday, January 12, less than a week after the World Cup in Moscow. They will be given a few days to recover from jet lag before the start of training for the Visa Freestyle International Ski World Cup. This is the 20th year that the venue hosts international athletes at major events, among them the 2002 Olympic Games. The aerials contest will be held on the White Owl course and the finals start at 8:00 PM (ET).
Viewers can catch the single moguls event on January 10 on the Radio-Canada Sports website starting at 9:00 p.m. (ET). The following day, CBC Sports online will cover dual moguls starting at 9:00 p.m. (ET).
The Deer Valley moguls and aerials World Cup schedule is available here.
Mogul athletes competing in both events:
Men: Mikaël Kingsbury (Deux-Montagnes, Qc), Philippe Marquis (Quebec City, Qc), Marc-Antoine Gagnon (Terrebonne, Qc), Laurent Dumais (Quebec City, Qc), Gabriel Dufresne (Repentigny, Qc), Kerrian Chunlaud (Ste-Foy, Qc), Brendan Kelly (Pemberton, BC),
Ladies: Chloé Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, Qc), Justine Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, Qc), Maxime Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, Qc), Audrey Robichaud (Quebec City, Qc), Andi Naude (Penticton, BC), Alex-Anne Gagnon (Terrebonne, Qc)
Aerial athletes competing in this event:
Olivier Rochon (Gatineau, Qc), Lewis Irving (Quebec City, Qc), Catrine Lavallée (Montreal, Qc)
Upcoming events (January)
- FIS World Cup – January 10-12 – Snowmass – Halfpipe
- FIS World Cup – January 11-13 – Snowmass – Slopestyle
- FIS World Cup – January 18-19 – Mammoth – Halfpipe
- FIS World Cup – January 19-20 – Mammoth – Slopestyle
- FIS World Cup – January 19-20 – Lake Placid – Aerials
- FIS World Cup – January 20 – Tremblant – Moguls
- X Games – January 25 – Aspen – Halfpipe
- X Games – January 27-28 – Aspen – Slopestyle
Manager, Athlete Relations
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