Freestyle Canada’s Athletes Find Success in Both the Olympic Test Event and Domestic Slopestyle World Cup
Freestyle Canada – Vancouver, British Columbia, February 14, 2017 – Freestyle Canada’s moguls athletes dominated the Olympic test event in Korea. While the slopestyle squad unleashed on the first-ever domestic slopestyle World Cup in Quebec City, Qc.
The moguls team turned up the heat in Korea, as Mikaël Kingsbury led the team to four podium performances. Justine Dufour-Lapointe finished second, followed closely by teammate Andi Naude in third. On the men’s side, Mikaël Kingsbury took the top spot, while Philippe Marquis claimed his second consecutive World Cup podium, finishing third.
“I am really happy. This season, I have been consistent with my skiing but I simply couldn’t get to the podium. I now have two medals in a row, including the one at deer valley” stated Philippe Marquis.
In aerials, Olivier Rochon was the top Canadian male, finishing 12th. While Catrine Lavallée was the top Canadian female, finishing 14th. The aerials team will regroup for their next World Cup event in Minsk, Belarus.
The slopestyle squad was in Quebec City for Canada’s first-ever domestic slopestyle World Cup. After a strong performance at the Aspen X Games, Alex Beaulieu-Marchand led the team has they descended on his hometown. In front of a friends and family, Alex landed himself on the podium in third place.
‘‘I’m very happy that I landed all my runs today, and that I skied how I wanted to. I’m also happy that my performance landed me on the podium, in front of my family and friends. That’s a bonus!’’ stated third place finisher Alex Beaulieu-Marchand.
Teammates Evan McEachran and Alex Bellemare both had strong showings, and finished 8th and 10th respectively. On the women’s side, Kim Lamarre was our top Canadian female, finishing 6th.
Teal Harle, up-and-coming national B team member, took charge in Saturday night’s big air World Cup and made his mark, finishing 4th. Teal was competing against a strong field of World Cup veterans. This standout performance was certainly a big confidence boost for Teal, and a sign of things to come.
Mark Hendrickson, a member of the Nextgen Slopestyle development team, was the only Canadian skier who managed to qualify for both the big air and slopestyle finals. Mark qualified 2nd in slopestyle and finished 6th in the big air finals, performing in front of a huge home crowd on Saturday night.
”I came here with no expectations to win. I wanted to ski my best, and I landed all three of my jumps. The crowd was amazing! It’s so cool to be up there and hear people cheering because you’re Canadian. It got me so excited to drop in!” said Mark Hendrickson.
Unfortunately, prior to Sunday’s slopestyle final, Mark tore his ACL in training and was unable to compete. We wish Mark all the best in his upcoming recovery, he will be one to watch upon his return to competition.
Upcoming Events (February)
- FIS Freestyle World Cup – February 18 – Bokwang – half-pipe
- FIS Freestyle World Cup – February 18-19 – Tazawako – moguls – single and duals
- FIS Freestyle World Cup – February 25 – Minsk – aerials
- FIS Freestyle World Cup – February 25-26 – Thaiwoo – moguls
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