January 11, 2014, Deer Valley UTAH (ISN) – With intermittent snow, and a crowd of 8500 cheering fans, Maxime Dufour-Lapointe had her first-ever World Cup podium; a bronze behind American Hannah Kearney and Kazakstan’s Yulia Galysheva.
In Men’s Action, 2010 Olympic Gold Medalist Alex Bilodeau (Montreal, QC) switched places with Mik Kingsbury (Deux Montagnes, QC) who was Thursday’s Gold Medalist. Tonight it was Bilodeau in the top spot, with Kingsbury in second place. Marc- Antoine Gagnon (Terrebonne, QC) who had taken Bronze on Thursday night ended up in 5th postion tonight. And, in only his 3rd ever world cup start, Simon Lemieux surprised everyone in the crowd with his 7th place finish.
The story of the night was Maxime Dufour-Lapointe who, with the podium is now just a little closer to joining her sisters in Sochi.
“I have been working towards this non-stop since last May,” said the oldest Dufour-Lapointe. “Nothing came out of the blue. I have a whole team I work with. My strength coaches, the psychologists and my on-snow coaches who can break down each mogul into tiny bits. It is all part of the package that helps.”
“This is about Max,” said her coaches Jean-Paul Richard and Marc-Andre Moreau. “She made the decision not to quit and to dedicate every part of herself to the sport. She has worked super hard. And it is paying off.”
“Deer Valley,” said Bilodeau “is the skiing equivalent of the NHL’s Winter Classic,” which is why it attracts so many people. “it has tight moguls and huge air so u end up landing in the moguls with tremendous speed.” Bilodeau was happy with his results but felt there was still place for improvement before heading towards Sochi in February.
As for Kingsbury, he was not the least bit fazed by his second place finish. “It happens,” said Kingsbury. No one is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes, and it’s good that it happened here before the Olympics.”
The Mogul team now heads to Lake Placid before coming home to Quebec for the event at Val St Come on Jan 19th 2014.
Other Canadian Results:
8. Andi Naude (Pentiction B.C.) 21.45
15. Justine Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC) 16.13
17.Christel Hamel (Montreal, QC) 19.71
38. Chloe Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC) 8.75
5. Marc-Antoine Gagnon (Terrebonne, QC) 23.69
7. Simon Lemieux (Repentigny, QC) 78.76
13. Simon Pouliot-Cavanaugh (L’Ancienne-Lorette, QC) 20.79
26. Eddie Hicks (Langley, B.C.)
Philippe Marquis (Quebec City, QC) DNF