Olympic aspirations: Realized or denied – Tomorrow in Val Saint-Côme

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January 18, 2014, Saint-Côme, QC (ISN) – Tensions and emotions are on the line as Olympic dreams will be made or broken tomorrow on the slopes of Val Saint-Côme.

On the ladies’ side, sisters Justine and Chloé Dufour-Lapointe from Montreal, Qc, have already packed up their Olympic suits and are ready to travel to Sochi. The eldest of the trio, Maxime, is one of three athletes competing for the remaining spots on the women’s mogul team. Maxime will be challenged by Audrey Robichaud (Quebec City, Qc) and Andi Naude (Penticton, BC).

Other Canadian ladies competing in tomorrow’s competition are: Christel Hamel (Montréal, Qc), Alex-Anne Gagnon (Terrebonne, Qc) and Myriam Leclerc (Pierrefonds, Qc).

On the men’s side, Alexandre Bilodeau (Rosemère, Qc) and Mikaël Kingsbury (Deux-Montagnes, Qc) had their tickets to Sochi punched a while ago and up to two spots remain on the men’s mogul team. The athletes vying for final Olympic berths are Marc-Antoine Gagnon (Terrebonne, Qc), a local Val Saint-Côme athlete, currently ranked seven in the FIS World Cup Men’s Moguls standings, and Gagnon’s closest rival and good friend, Philippe Marquis (Ste-Foy, Qc), will who will need a strong showing tomorrow to be nominated to the Olympic team.

Other Canadian men competing in tomorrow’s competition are: Simon Pouliot-Cavanagh (L’Ancienne-Lorette, Qc), Simon Lemieux (Repentigny, Qc), Kerrian Chunlaud (Sainte-Foy, Qc), Hugo Blanchette (Ile d’Orléans, Qc), Luke Ulsifer (Grande Prairie, Alta.), Eddie Hicks (Langley, BC) and Pascal-Olivier Gagné (Montréal, Qc).

Only 26 Olympic spots, including a maximum of four athletes per gender per discipline and a total of 14 athletes per gender, are available for the Olympic freestyle ski team with athletes from five disciplines including moguls, aerials, halfpipe, slopestyle and ski cross. Nomination to the Olympic team will come down to the final day of qualification on Sunday, January 19th at Val Saint-Côme.

The final Olympic team for freestyle skiing will be announced on Monday, January 20th at 10 a.m. in Montreal at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.

The pressure is on and tomorrow’s mogul competition on the course at Val Saint-Côme, named after 2010 Olympic Champion, Alexandre Bilodeau, promises to be high in emotions. Everyone is encouraged to come out to Val Saint-Côme to cheer on our athletes and give them the best Olympic send-off possible. Over 100 athletes from 22 countries will be competing. Qualifications are scheduled in the morning, and finals start at 1:45 pm EST on Sunday. Admission is free.

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