Canadian FreeStyle Ski association – Five Canadians finish on the podium at the FIS World Cup in Val Saint-Côme
Saint-Côme, QC – History was made multiple times today at the Val Saint-Côme Ski Resort during the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup, presented by Mackenzie Investments.
Canadian women had never swept the podium of a freestyle skiing World Cup until today. To make the moment even more special, the podium was shared by a set of sisters – a first as well.
Justine Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC) finished in first place and was followed by her sisters Chloé and Maxime in second and third place, respectively.
“I think the podium sweep probably crossed our mind at least a couple times throughout the day,” said Justine Dufour Lapointe. “But we stayed focused and followed the plan we had built with our team. It takes really great runs to do this and it’s definitely not an easy thing to achieve. The support the crowd gave us today was so impressive too. They were loud and energetic all day. We felt like the entire country was behind us cheering us on and watching history.”
Justine finished the day with a score of 86.49 in the super final. Chloé wasn’t too far behind with 85.09 and Maxime grabbed third with 80.76. With the second place finish, Chloé now leads the FIS World Cup standings and owns the yellow bib.
“I was really excited about my performance and about how the season has started so far,” said Chloé Dufour-Lapointe. “My sisters and I have the same goals. We all want the Crystal Globe so we push each other to be better. Having the yellow bib is always special. Today was just such a great day and I am proud of us. We need to soak this in and build from it.”
The victory also marks the 10th World Cup victory in Justine’s career and her 30th podium. Chloé has been on the podium 21 times and Maxime four times.
“We are really enjoying this moment and soaking in all the energy from the crowd,” said Maxime Dufour-Lapointe. “We never know what’s going to happen next, but we’re really appreciating this right now. We’re so proud right now. This moment was perfect and we are so thankful. We are grateful to everyone to who came to support the team and us as a group. It was an incredible event that we won’t forget for a long time.”
Not to be outdone, the Canadian men grabbed two podium spots, including first place for Mikaël Kingsbury (Deux-Montagnes, QC) – his record 30th on the World Cup tour. Laurent Dumais (Quebec City, QC), competing only his seventh World Cup, had a breakout performance to finish in third place.
“The crowd played a big part in motivating me and the team today,” said Kingsbury. “That’s why we love competing in Quebec and in Canada in general. Laurent helped push me too. I knew he was going to be on the podium and I really wanted to share that with him. Laurent may be on the developmental team, but today he showed he can compete with anyone. He’s going to have a great career. I’m really happy with how the day went. I was able to have the type of runs that I wanted today and it all came together perfectly.”
Kingsbury scored an astonishing 93.42 in his final run. Australian Matt Graham grabbed second with 87.74 and Dumais finished with 85.86. Philippe Marquis (Quebec City, QC) finished not too far behind in fourth with 85.45.
“This is very special to me because it’s my favourite location to ski,” said Dumais. “I’ve done well here in the past. This is an incredibly special moment for me because I have my family and friends here as well. So many people came to see me compete and support the team. The crowd was amazing and provided me with so much energy.”
Canadian depth was on full display today with six Canadian women reaching the 16-woman small final. Andi Naude (Penticton, BC) ended up finishing in 11th, Alex-Anne Gagnon (Terrebone, QC) in 12th and Audrey Robichaud (Quebec City, QC) in 16th.
The athletes will now be heading to Calgary for the next FIS World Cup scheduled at Winsport Canada’s Canada Olympic Park for January 30.
Click for full men’s and women’s results.
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