Kingsbury, Bilodeau and Gagnon Sweep the Men. Dufour-Lapointe Sisters Take Second and Third
The Canadian flag waved high atop the mountains of Utah as our mogul athletes took all three spots on the Men’s side and two out of the three spots on the Women’s side.
Marc-Antoine Gagnon (Terrebonne, QC), in the run of his life, joined his teammates Alex Bilodeau (Rosemère, QC) and Mikaël Kingsbury (Deux Montagnes, QC) in the winner’s circle.
“You know, I didn’t think too much,” said Gagnon when asked about his best-ever singles showing. “I really wasn’t stressed and I was feeling great. So I just let it go. In the end it was my jumps that made the difference.”
Deer Valley, Utah is considered the Superbowl of mogul events. Held on the same course as the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic games, the races are under the lights and attract the circuit’s largest crowds. It is the kind of course where everyone raises their game a notch.
“This is my favourite course,” says Kingsbury who has grown accustomed to wearing the yellow bib. “To win here, you need to be technically strong. But, my favourite part of tonight was being on the podium with my friends and teammates. Alex skied really well, and I’m really excited for Marc-Antoine.”
Bilodeau felt he managed a decent score despite having a “’bad day at the office.’ I had a lot of trouble throughout the day with my bottom cork 1080. But,” he continued, “it will be more consistent on Saturday and I will lay it down perfectly.”
On the Women’s side, the Dufour-Lapointe sisters (Montreal, QC) made up 50% of the Superfinals with Chloé coming in 2nd , Justine in 3rd and Maxime in 5th position.
“I love Deer Valley,” said Chloé. “I love the night setting. It’s a tough course, but it’s the same for everybody. Tonight I pushed myself in speed and height. But it is not my limit. I’m on my way to Sochi and I plan on going higher (in jumps) and faster (down the course).”
Justine who won last weekend’s event in Calgary, was excited about her 360 mute grab. “This is what I’m working on for Sochi,” said the youngest of the three sisters, “and it is only going to get better.”
“Tonight,” said David Mirota, CFSA’s High Performance Director, “confirms the depth of our mogul team. Marc-Antoine got his first-ever singles podium and Maxime now has back-to-back Superfinals. Tonight was a great example of teamwork between the coaches, a dedicated support staff and obviously the athletes putting it all on the line and coming out on top.”
Other Canadian Results
11. Andi Naude (Pentiction, B.C.) 21.41
29. Christel Hamel (Montreal, QC) 19.05
13. Eddie Hicks (Langley, B.C.) 22.80
18. Simon Pouliot-Cavanagh (L’Ancienne-Lorette, QC) 22.06
22. Philippe Marquis (Quebec City, QC) 21.73
33. Simon Lemieux (Repentigny, QC) 21.16
56. Pascal-Olivier Gagne (Montreal, QC) 18.03