(ISN) – Ruka, Finland – The 2013-2014 moguls season was one to remember for Canadians. On February 8, just two day into the Winter Games, the Dufour-Lapointe sisters introduced themselves to the world. The youngest, Justine, won gold and middle sister Chloe captured silver. The eldest sister, Maxime, came in 12th. Not to be outdone, veteran Audrey Robichaud finished in 10th place in the women’s event.
Just 48 hours after that, the men repeated the 1-2 feat with Alex Bilodeau defending his Olympic title and Mikael Kingsbury winning silver. Falling just short of the Olympic podium was Marc-Antoine Gagnon finishing in fourth. Phil Marquis captured 9th place to give Canada four top-10 finishes.
The team will look to build on that momentum at the first World Cup of the season in Ruka, Finland. The competition takes place on Saturday, December 13th and will be a dual moguls event. The ladies start things off at 8:10 am EST and will be followed by the men’s event.
“I’m very excited for the first World Cup,” said Kingsbury, last season’s Crystal Globe winner. “I’ve done well here having won the last three opening World Cups in Ruka. I want this streak to continue and to be at my best. I feel ready and stronger than in past years. I think it’s going to be a good season.”
“We trained so hard during the summer,” said Maxime Dufour-Lapointe. “I really worked a lot on my turns and my speed. I worked a lot of my jumps and definitely feel prepared. It’s hard to believe it’s already here. I can’t wait to get out on the gate.”
Except for Bilodeau, who retired after an illustrious career, the entire Olympic team is back this season and ready to compete with a strong supporting cast including Andi Naude and Christel Hamel on the women’s side and Simon Pouliot-Cavanagh, Pascal-Olivier Gagné, Simon Lemieux and Kerrian Chunlaud on the men’s side.