Skiing in less than ideal conditions, Phil Marquis was able to capture his first World Cup gold medal in two years. The native of Quebec City impressed throughout the day before narrowly defeating Sho Endo of Japan by a score of 18-17 to capture the World Cup dual moguls title in Ruka, Finland. Chloé Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC) was also on the podium today finishing second to Kazakhstan’s Yulia Galysheva by a score of 20-15.
It was Marquis’ first World Cup podium finish since he finished third in Sochi on February 15, 2013 and his first World Cup title since winning in Sweden on March 9, 2012. Marquis.
“There were several tough duals today,” said Marquis, a 2014 Olympian. “Everyone was skiing pretty well. Skiing smart was the key to my success and to make it possible for me to win gold. It’s really great to start the year on this note.”
Originally scheduled as a moguls competition, the event was change to the duals just two weeks ago.
“We started off with a duals competition (this year) so it was a little bit scary,” said Chloe Dufour-Lapointe, 2013 Dual Moguls World Champion. “But I ended up having so much fun on this course and finishing second. I’m really happy to start my season this way.”
Just missing the podium was Audrey Robichaud (Quebec City, QC) in fourth place. Olympic champion Justine Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC) finished fifth and sister Maxime (Montreal, QC) ninth. Andi Naude (Penticton, BC) finished in sixth to give Canada five freestyle skiers in the top-10. Christel Hamel (Montreal, QC) finished in 11th.
On the men’s side, Marc-Antoine Gagnon (Terrebonne, QC) finished seventh, Mikael Kingsbury (Deux-Montagnes, QC) ninth, Pascal-Olivier Gagné 10th, Simon Pouliot-Cavanagh (Quebec City, QC) 11th, Simon Lemieux (Repentigny, QC) 24th and Kerrian Chunlaud (Sainte-Foy, QC) 31st.
“It’s just the beginning,” said defending Crystal Globe champion, Mikael Kingsbury. “I lost my dual due to a mistake. It happens to the best athletes in the world. I don’t want to change anything; I just want to come back strong. Phil was killing it today though. I’m very happy for my friend. We trained all summer together.”
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