This article was originally published on the Canadian Freestyle Ski Assoc. website.
Right after a successful weekend, the World Cup Moguls team travelled to Deer Valley, Utah for the next stop on the FIS World Cup tour taking place February 9-10.
The Canadians are coming off four podium finishes in Calgary, two of them on the men’s side with Mikaël Kingsbury finishing first and Simon Pouliot-Cavanagh having a breakout day with a second place finish – a career-best for him.
“I want to replicate in Deer Valley what I did in Calgary,” said Pouliot-Cavanagh. “I might try to increase my degree of difficulty, but I need to be consistent. It’s a longer course with a lot of bumps in the middle. I think if I do everything right I will be able to succeed.”
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Chloé Dufour-Lapointe and sister Justine captured second and third place respectively for the women. Not far off was Andi Naude in fourth place, tying her career-best. Audrey Robichaud finished in seventh and the eldest Dufour-Lapointe sister, Maxime, in eighth. A dominating display of depth by the Canadian women.
“I’m just going to focus on the process and hopefully the results will come,” said Naude, who will be celebrating her birthday on January 10 when the dual moguls event takes place. “I just need to keep those little technical details in mind and have a positive frame of mind. I hope to carry this momentum in Deer Valley and podium.”
Last year’s Deer Valley World Cup featured two single mogul events. Kingsbury won the first one and was followed on the podium by Alex Bilodeau and Marc-Antoine Gagnon for a clean sweep by Canadians. Two days later, Bilodeau would stand at the top of the podium victorious followed by Kingsbury in second and Russian Alexandr Smyshlyaev in third.
Justine Dufour-Lapointe and Chloé Dufour-Lapointe finished second and third to American Hannah Kearney during the first 2014 Deer Valley moguls event. Two days later, it was only sister Maxime on the podium. Kearney came out victorious once more, Kazakhstan’s Yulia Galysheva finished in second and Maxime rounded out the top-three.
In 2015, both the men and the women will compete in moguls on their first day of competition on Friday, followed by a dual moguls events on Saturday.
At the last dual moguls event, held in Ruka, Finland, Philippe Marquis captured first place on the men’s side and teammate Chloé Dufour-Lapointe finished in second against the women for Canada.
Full list of Canadians competing:
Men – Mikaël Kingsbury (Deux-Montagnes, QC), Philippe Marquis (Quebec City, QC), Marc-Antoine Gagnon (Terrebonne, QC), Simon Pouliot-Cavanagh (Quebec City, QC), Luke Ulsifer (Calgary, AB), Laurent Dumais (Quebec City, QC), Kerrian Chunlaud (Ste-Foy, QC)
Women – Justine Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC), Chloé Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC), Maxime Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC), Audrey Robichaud (Quebec City, QC), Andi Naude (Penticton, BC), Christel Hamel (Montreal, QC)
Aerials Team Competes
The aerials competition will take place on Thursday, January 8 before the moguls event. Canadians Melissa Corbo (Blainville, QC) and Lewis Irving (Quebec, QC) will be representing the team. Corbo is coming off a career-best 10th place finish at her first World Cup competition on December 20 in Beijing, China. Irving will be making his World Cup debut and is coming off two silver medals at the Nor-Am Cup in Utah last month.
A full look at the event schedule can be found here.