Stubai Set to Host Slopestyle Season Opener
Stubai, November 21, 2018 -The world’s top freestyle athletes will convene at Stubai Zoo Snow Park in Austria for the opening slopestyle competition of the 18/19 season. Close to a dozen Canadian skiers will do their best to capture their first medal of the 2018-2019 season.
Featuring two jumps and three jibb sections, the course at Stubai will see both men and ladies compete in the qualification rounds on Thursday and Friday, while the finals are slated to take place on Saturday, November 24.
Among the ones to watch is the very talented and always inventive Canadian skier, Evan McEachran, who rose to the top of his discipline last season, earning several podium wins as well as a start in his first Olympic Games, where he finished sixth. If what we saw during training sessions at Stubai Park is anything to go by, a podium is a good possibility for McEachran as he heads into this contest. The same goes for his teammate and best friend, Teal Harle, who can at any moment pull off a near-perfect run.
While young Elena Gaskell — who wowed everyone by winning the Big Air World Cup last August – will miss the event due to a minor injury sustained in training, other newcomers will get their first shot on the World Cup circuit. This is the case for Megan Oldham, 17, who makes her debut this weekend in Stubai. Same for Etienne Geoffroy-Gagnon, who competes in his first slopestyle contest after experiencing the Big Air World Cup in Quebec City at the end of the 2017-2018 season.
Find the complete weekend schedule here.
Athletes competing in this FIS World Cup:
Men: Alex Bellemare(St-Boniface, QC), Evan McEachran(Oakville, ON), Teal Harle(Campbell River, BC), Noah Morrison(Vernon, BC), Philippe Langevin(Mont-Tremblant, QC), Patrick Dew(Vernon, BC), Max Moffat(Caledon, ON), Etienne Geoffroy-Gagnon(Whitehorse, YK)
Ladies: Yuki Tsubota(Whistler, BC), Megan Oldham(Parry Sound, ON), Kim Lamarre(Quebec City, QC) * independant
Upcoming events (December)
- FIS World Cup – December 5-7: Copper Mountain, USA (Halfpipe)
- FIS World Cup – December 7: Ruka, Finland (Moguls)
- Dew Tour – December 13-16: Breckenridge, USA (Slopestyle/Halfpipe)
- FIS World Cup – December 15-16: Thaiwoo, China (Moguls)
- FIS World Cup – December 20-22: Secret Garden, China (Halfpipe)
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