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Freestyle Canada – Montreal, Quebec, January 28, 2019– The World Championships are indisputably an important milestone on a freestyle skier’s competition calendar. This year, the aerial and mogul events are being held at the mecca of freestyle skiing, Deer Valley, USA. The venue has been the site of many World Cup events over the past 17 years, along with the 2002 Olympic Games and two World Championships.
Eight Canadian mogul skiers will compete in the Champions’ Course, a course that is familiar to them. The single moguls event takes place on February 8 and the dual moguls the following day.
Skiers representing Canada in the moguls event:

Mikaël Kingsbury (Deux-Montagnes, QC) Justine Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC)
Philippe Marquis (Quebec City, QC) Chloé Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC)
Laurent Dumais (Quebec City, QC) Sofiane Gagnon (Whistler, BC)
Brenden Kelly (Pemberton, BC) Maia Schwinghammer (Saskatoon, SK)

Alternate: Kerrian Chunlaud (Ste-Foy, QC)
The aerialists will compete in an individual aerials event as well as a team event, newly added to the Olympic program for 2022. The contests are being held on the historic White Owl course from February 5 to 7, 2019. 
Skiers representing Canada in aerials:

Félix Cormier-Boucher (Saint-Mathias-sur-Richelieu, QC) Catrine Lavallée (Montreal, QC)
Third skier to be named   

The selection process
Freestyle Canada follows a two-part process for selecting athletes for the World Championship teams. 
First, FIS sets a maximum quota of four eligible athletes per gender and per event. 
Second, Freestyle Canada compiles the World Cup and PyeongChang Olympics scores the aerials and moguls athletes record between December 7, 2017 and January 26, 2019. More specifically:

  • All eligible athletes are ranked by their three (3) highest scores during the selection period (note about moguls: a maximum of one (1) final dual moguls score can be used in the standings);
  • Standings are calculated from the total of the three (3) highest scores of each athlete;
  • The athlete with the lowest total of points will be ranked first, and so on;
  • In the event of a tie, the athlete with the higher score in the eligible 2018-2019 World Cups for the selection period will rank first. If this still results in a tie, the next athlete with the highest score in the eligible 2018-2019 World Cups will rank first. The process continues until the tie is broken. If need be, scores from the 2017-2018 FIS World Cup season are used.

Freestyle Canada’s selection process is established in this fashion in order to maximize the odds of winning medals. “Recent performances by our mogul and aerial athletes have shown that our teams are progressing well toward our key event of the season and everything points to us seeing good results,” said Todd Allison, High Performance Director for moguls and aerials with Freestyle Canada. 
Click here for the schedule of moguls and aerials events.
Media availability
To arrange an interview with one of the athletes competing in the World Championships, please contact Dominique Ladouceur at dominique@freestylecanada.skior 514-576-2379.

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More information:

Dominique Ladouceur
Manager, Athlete Relations