Canadians win four of six Japanese medals

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March 2, 2014, Inawashiro, Japan (ISN) – Justine Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC), has added more Gold to her bountiful cache. The Olympic champion beat American Heather McPhie to win the FIS World Cup Mogul event in Inawashiro, Japan. Her eldest sister Maxime, won the Bronze.

“I was really tired,” said Justine, “and I had had trouble in training. The top of the run is very technical. It has soft snow and big moguls and the landings are very steep so it’s fast. But, when I saw the crowd, which is always fanatical here in Japan, it made me smile. It gave me energy and it helped me realize I didn’t come here for nothing. It helped me focus and be able to pull off a great run.”

“It was definitely a challenging course,” said Maxime. “I was hanging on for dear life and just letting my body make its way to the bottom. I kept thinking ‘Oh My God, did I just do that?’ I’m ecstatic about my results today!”

Chloé Dufour-Lapointe, the Sochi Silver medalist fell after the first jump during the Qualifying run.

On the Men’s side, Inawashiro’s Silver Medalist, behind American Bradley Wilson was Marc-Antoine Gagnon (Terrebonne, QC). Having come fourth in Sochi, Gagnon was “stoked” about his best-ever World Cup finish.

“I knew everyone before me had a great run,” said Gagnon, “so I knew to podium, I had to do something big. To land my Cork 1080, I figured I had to control my speed, nail my take-off, get some great air and stomp the jump. It wasn’t perfect, but considering it’s a pretty hard course, all around, it was pretty good.”

His coach Rob Kober agreed. “Marc-Antoine did this himself. He ‘manned-up,’ went full speed and went for it with his jump. He had two beautiful runs back to back and I’m pretty psyched for him!”

Mikael Kingsbury (Deux Montagnes, QC), the Sochi Silver medalist had qualified first for the SuperFinal, but finished with the Bronze today. “It’s a pretty challenging, steep course,” said Kingsbury, “Today I went big with my 1080 off the second jump and landed a bit off on one leg. Mistakes happen sometimes.”

Alex Bilodeau (Rosemere, QC) the two-time Olympic Gold medalist had qualified in 2nd spot for the finals. But a mistake on his bottom air left him in fourth position and out of the medals.

Other Canadian Results:

Women:

  • 5) Andi Naude (Penticton, B.C.) 21.42
  • 10) Christel Hamel (Dorval, QC) 19.80
  • 15) Audrey Robichaud (Quebec City, QC) 16.79
  • 22) Chloe Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC) 9.67

Men:

  • 4) Alex Bilodeau (Rosemere, QC) 23.74
  • 6) Simon Pouliot-Cavanaugh (Quebec City, QC) 23.08
  • 9) Philippe Marquis (Quebec City, QC) 23.36
  • 10) Pascal-Olivier Gagne (Montreal, QC) 22.59
  • 18) Eddie Hicks (Whistler, B.C.) 19.89

 

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