FIS World Cup Aerials at Val St-Côme. Sabrina Guerin takes 11th position. Travis Gerrits in 16th. David Blais 24th

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January 14, 2014, Val St-Côme, Quebec (ISN) – On an unseasonably mild overcast day, with an army of dedicated local volunteers on hand, Canada hosted a FIS World Cup Mogul Event in Val St-Côme, Quebec.

Three Canadians were competing today, none of whom made the Super-finals. Sabrina Guérin of Laval, Quebec, had her best jump of the year in today’s qualification round. Her “full full” jump landed almost perfectly gave her a score of 80.1, 6th position and a berth in the finals. “I was really happy with my first jump,” said Guérin. “My coaches and I have been working on getting bigger. This morning it worked and I landed the jump.”

Her second jump today was not as successful. “I was a bit off balance in the transition,” continued Guérin, “I don’t know if it was the slow conditions or the nerves, but it’s something to work on.”

Travis Gerrits of Milton, Ontario winner of the Beijing Bird’s Nest Super Finals and ranked second in the world coming into today’s event finished the qualification round in 16th position. “I touched the snow with one of my hands on landing which ultimately made the difference between making finals and not,” said Gerrits who was joined today by hometown friends and family who had driven the seven-hour distance to watch him jump. “I’m still pretty happy with my progression towards Sochi. I’m going to take two weeks to focus on my physical strength before heading to Europe.”

David Blais of Lac Beauport, Qc in only his third World Cup start, ended up in 24th position.

The Aerial team now heads to Lake Placid where they will compete Saturday night, January 18.