Freestyle Canada’s Athletes Strike Again on the World Cup and Nor-Am Circuits
Freestyle Canada – This week, Freestyle Canada’s athletes had another strong showing on the World Cup and Nor-Am circuits. The World Cup halfpipe team was in Bokwang, Korea for their crack at the Olympic Test Event, while the moguls team hopped over to Tazawako, Japan for the moguls and dual moguls World Cup competitions. Up-and-coming slopestyle athletes competed in the Nor-Am in Aspen, Colorado while our moguls athletes dominated in Val St-Côme, Quebec.
The World Cup moguls team is humming along as Mikaël Kingsbury led the Canadian contingent with back-to-back wins in the moguls and dual moguls competitions. This is Mikaël’s second time winning back-to-back World Cup’s this season, and he’s hungry for more. He now has his sights set on the World Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain. Teammates Philippe Marquis and Andi Naude also had very strong performances in the moguls event, as they finished second and third on the men’s and women’s side, respectively. This was both Philippe and Andi’s third World Cup podium of the season.
“My next goal: Back-to-back victories at World Championships,” said Mikaël Kingsbury, winner of fourty World Cups.
The moguls team will now head to Thaiwoo, China to compete in the final two FIS World Cup competitions of the season.
Freestyle Canada’s halfpipe team was in Bokwang, Korea this past week, familiarizing themselves with the Olympic venue prior to the 2018 Olympic Games. Olympians Mike Riddle, Noah Bowman, Keltie Hansen and Roz Groenewoud were all on-hand, hoping to capture a provisional spot to the Canadian Olympic Team.
Although the team didn’t find the podium, five athletes finished within the top-ten. On the men’s side, Noah Bowman finished fifth, followed by 2018 Olympic silver medallist Mike Riddle in sixth and Simon d’Artois in ninth. On the women’s side, 2016 X Games Oslo Super Pipe champion Cassie Sharpe finished fifth, while Roz Groenewoud finished eight. The team has consistently found itself within striking distance of the podium, and should find success heading into the tail end of the 2016/2017 season.
On the Nor-Am circuit, up-and-coming Canadian slopestyle athletes were in Aspen, Co. Elena Gaskell led the charge on the women’s side taking the top spot in her respective final. On the men’s side, Matthew Wilcox was the top Canadian finishing third. Teammates Nicki Blackall, Philippe Langevin, Emma Stevens, Dillan Glennie and Sofia Tchernetsky finished fourth, fifth, fifth, sixth and ninth respectively.
Canada’s second domestic Nor-Am also took place this weekend in Val St-Côme. Our Canadians were on-hand and hoping to clinch podium performances on home soil. They succeeded, as they captured gold in both the men’s and women’s moguls and dual moguls competitions. Berkley Brown and Elliot Vaillancourt both claimed the top spot in the moguls final, while Valérie Gilbert and Simon Lemieux found themselves atop the dual moguls podium. Overall it was a very successful event, as fourteen Canadians landed within their respective top-ten’s.
Updated results for the World Cup and Nor-Am events can be found on our website. You can also find the full Nor-Am schedule online as well as follow the live scoring for the majority of Nor-Am events.
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