Gerrits and Guerin crowned Canadian Aerial Champs

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March 17, 2014, Lac Beauport, QC (ISN) – Fighting wind and extreme cold, Travis Gerrits and Sabrina Guerin won Sunday’s Canadian Senior National Aerial Championships. Held at Le Relais in Lac Beauport QC, the event was the culmination of the week-long McDonald’s Junior Freestyle Skiing Championships.

Gerrits who recently finished seventh at the Olympics in Sochi, was surrounded by awe-struck juniors set on following in his footsteps. “Watching the 10-year-olds throw their back tucks off the little jumps,” said Gerrits, “reminds me when I had so much fun here at Junior Nationals in 2005.” Gerrits was hounded by autograph seekers, but turned the table on some of them. “After Miha Fontaine (age 10 and son of 5x World Champion Nicolas Fontaine) asked me to sign his bib,” said Gerrits, “I asked him to sign mine. I figure given his DNA, one day he is going to be an Olympian himself.”

On the Women’s side, National team member Sabrina Guerin won her third straight National Title. After a difficult year in which she did not qualify for the Olympics, she finished her season by landing two clean, stylish jumps. “I knew coming here everyone was aiming for me,” said Guerin, “so I’m really happy I was able to defend my title.”

Guerin dedicated her win to her coaches Dennis Capicik and Daniel Murphy. “Those guys,” explained Guerin, “are a big part of what we do and how well we do it. They changed not just my technical jumping, but how I approach everything mentally. They made me the athlete I am today.”

Full Results

Women

  • 1. Sabrina Guerin 153.01
  • 2. Melissa Corbo 141.66
  • 3. Catrine Lavallee 108.16
  • 4. Catherine Comeau 101.68
  • 5. Maude Potvin-Gilbert 90.74
  • 6. Laurence Proteau 87.47

Men

  • Travis Gerrits 182.98
  • Marc-Antoine Labbé-Giguère 158.19
  • Lewis Irving 147.78
  • David Blais-Langlais 139.81
  • Jean-Sebastien Comeau 123.36

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