June 14, 2013, Vancouver, BC (ISN) – The Canadian Freestyle Ski Association announced today that it will provide Canadians four chances to cheer on its successful National Team at home as its mogul, halfpipe and aerial athletes take on the best freestyle skiers in the world leading into the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
The CFSA will host halfpipe and mogul World Cups at Winsport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta on January 3 and 4, 2014. This will mark the first halfpipe World Cup to be held in Canada since 2006 and the fifth year the Association has hosted World Cup events at the COP facility.
The Station Touristique at Val Saint-Côme, Quebec will host an aerial event for the second consecutive year on January 14, 2014, and World Cup mogul skiers will tackle the Alexandre Bilodeau course there on January 19, 2014 in what will be the final Olympic qualifying event for that discipline.
Organizers are hoping to cap the four world class events with some medals for the home team and, with Canada winning a total of 42 medals on last season’s World Cup tour along with the FIS Nations Cup for freestyle, it’s highly likely they won’t be disappointed.
“We are thrilled to be in a position to host four events next season,” said CFSA CEO Peter Judge. “For so many reasons holding events in Canada is a crucial part of our program. First, it gives our Canadian fans and supporters an opportunity to see the world’s greatest skiing acrobats up close and personal and to inspire some of the next generation of Canadian freestyle superstars. But, equally important is the opportunity for our athletes to compete at home with their friends and family present and also with the added pressure that those factors bring. That added pressure is a perfect warm up for the coming Olympics.”
Judge added that after the disappointing cancellation of last year’s mogul World Cup in Quebec he and the Association are especially happy to be able to once again hold a mogul event in Quebec, the home province of so many of our mogul skiers and some of our biggest and most loyal fans.
The CFSA is able to bring these world class sporting events to Canada thanks to the generous support of Sport Canada and the provinces of Quebec and Alberta as well as the City of Calagry and Quebec’s Lanaudière Region.
For the complete FIS freestyle 2013-2014 World Cup calendar go to: http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/disciplines/freestyle/fiscalendar.html