This article was originally published on the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association's website.
Aerialist Melissa Corbo captured the first podium of her young career Friday by finishing third in Lake Placid.
Competing in just her third career World Cup, the 24-year-old native Blainville, QC scored a 74.82 in very tough conditions to finish behind Aliaksandra Ramanouskaya (80.62) of Belarus and Russian Veronika Korsunova (78.88).
The top-three finish marks the first one by a Canadian woman since Veronika Bauer came in third in 2008 at a World Cup in China.
“I really have no words for what I’m feeling,” said Corbo. “It’s an unbelievable surprise. It’s an experience and a day I will remember for the rest of my life. It’s my first year on the World Cup tour and the weather made things difficult. I just felt good today. I have my family here to watch me. We’re so close to Quebec and it made it even more special. This is a great way to start the Olympic cycle for me. It’s really encouraging.”
Also, making the finals on the men’s side was Olivier Rochon (Montreal, QC) who’s comeback continues after missing nearly two years due to injury.
Rochon officially finished sixth overall and scored an 80.54 in the six-man super final.
“I needed a little more height on that last jump,” said Rochon. “The conditions were extremely difficult today with the wind. My week was good though overall. The rust is coming off and I am feeling great. I’m getting back to the old me. I could’ve done better, but I’m proud of where I am now after being injured for so long. I’m really happy and I have momentum now. I want to keep it throughout the season. I’m super happy for Melissa tonight too. I hope this motivates her. It was awesome to see.”
Sabrina Guérin (Laval, QC) and Travis Gerrits (Milton, ON) also competed in Lake Placid and finished 14th and 16th overall respectively.
“Unfortunately I had a little bit of a tailwind with the weather conditions today,” said Gerrits. “I went a little too big on the jump and touched my hands on the landing. While I was in the air I was trying to stretch to slow down my flip rotation. I needed to throw my hands in the air a little more and a little earlier to touch down on the landing. That took me out of qualifying for the final rounds, but I was excited to watch my teammate Olivier compete.”
“I need to work on my landing a bit more and my technique,” said Guérin. “It was not perfect today and that cost me points. My training runs this morning did not go as well as I would have liked them too. My legs were a little sore, but I’m not using that as an excuse as to why I didn’t perform as well as I could’ve here in Lake Placid. “