December 15, 2013, BRECKENRIDGE, COLORADO (ISN) – With his father and grandfather watching, Alex Beaulieu-Marchand (Quebec City, QC), nailed his second run of the day to take home the Men’s Slopestyle Silver Medal.
After going off the rails in his first run, ABM -as he is known to friends, visualized, focused and laid down a perfect run filled with his signature double wobble and a sky-high left side dub-12 tail grab.
“I knew I could do this run. I had done it in practice, so I put the first run out of my head, stayed focused and tried to have fun.”
Said his coach JF Cusson, “He is one of the few guys on the circuit who really works on his style and his grabs. He is a great innovator and brings a whole new kind of rotation into the sport.” Beaulieu-Marchand’s second to last jump today was a Double Cork 7. Says Cusson, “He’s the first guy who has mastered this in a competition, and finally the judges are starting to recognize it.”
Beaulieu-Marchand was the only Canadian to have made Sunday’s finals. After the medal ceremony he was surrounded by adoring fans in search of pictures and autographs, but his most adoring fans were his father Louis and 81-year-old (still skiing every day) grandfather Roland. “I love my grandfather so much. He helps me with everything I do and I am so happy he is here not just to see me ski, but also to see me on the podium.”
Beaulieu-Marchand thinks this victory is the first step in being selected to represent Canada in Sochi and he knows he would be living part of his grandfather’s dream. “In 1956,” Grandpa Beaulieu explained “I was ranked 6th in Canada. They took the first four to go to the Olympics in Italy.”
Next up for the Canadian Slopestyle team is the U.S. Grand Prix FIS World Cup starting Wednesday December 18, 2013 at Copper Mountain Colorado.