January 17, 2014, Park City, Utah, (ISN) – On crisp sunny day in Park City, Utah, American Devin Logan won Gold followed by two Canadians, Dara Howell of Huntsville, ON Silver, and Montreal’s Kaya Turski with the Bronze.
“I am really stoked,” said Howell, “I had one goal today — to hit my switch misty9. I’m extra happy that it landed me on the podium since it was the first time I did it in competition.”
“This,” said JF Cusson, the team’s technical coach “is a big deal. A game changer. It is the first time a girl has ever completed a switch Misty9 in a competition.”
Turski, in her first competition since having surgery on her anterior cruciate ligament, proved that her rehab has gone well. “With only five practice runs on this course,” said Cusson, “I’m sure her bronze is world record in terms of having a podium after an ACL reconstruction. She is an as unbelievable athlete. The full package. The Tiger Woods or Roger Federer of Slopestyle. Today, she probably did her ‘C’ run and she came third. Just imagine…”
Kim Lamarre (Quebec, QC) came 6th and Yuki Tsubota (Whistler, BC) was 9th. Both women are vying for Olympic spots. Howell and Turski have the results to earn them an Olympic team nomination.
In Men’s action, Alex Beaulieau-Marchand (Augustin-De-Desmaures, QC), despite some spectacular jumps, couldn’t quite pull off a podium and ended up in 6th position. In 8th position was Noah Morrison (Vernon, B.C.). Vincent Gagnier (Victoriaville, QC) was 12th. Alex Bellemare ((St-Boniface, QC) was 17th.
Canada’s Olympic Freestyle Ski Team will be announced at a news conference on Monday, January 20th in Montreal, QC. This will follow a weekend of Freestyle events in Park City (Halfpipe and Slopestyle), Lake Placid, NY (Aerials) and Val Saint Come, QC (Moguls).