Melissa Corbo was optimistically positive during an otherwise tough day for Canadians at the first aerials World Cup of the season.
Corbo, 24, made the final of her World Cup debut in Beijing. The native of Blainville, QC scored a 79.38 to qualify for the 12-woman final and then finished with a 74.97 to finish 10th overall. The competition was held in Beijing’s former Olympic stadium called the Bird’s Nest.
“I had a really good day,” said Corbo. “My goal coming into the season was to make one finals and I did it during my first World Cup. I felt like I dealt with the pressure really well as a rookie and enjoyed myself here. I did a new jump for the first time in competition and I’m really happy with what I accomplished.”
Also competing on the women’s side was Sabrina Guérin. The 29-year-old veteran from Laval, QC scored a 62.05 during qualification to finish in 18th place.
“I am pretty disappointed about today,” said Guérin. “I expect more from myself. I did however have great training runs and that’s something to be happy about. I just held back a bit on my jumps and didn’t get the right speed.”
Olympian Travis Gerrits (Milton, ON) and Olivier Rochon (Gatineau, QC) had a difficult day by their standards. Both men failed to qualify for the final.
Rochon, the 2012 Crystal Globe winner, was competing for the first time in 18 months after recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. The 25-year-old scored a 72.12 to finish in 20th.
“Today was a really tough day for me,” said Rochon. “I caught a virus yesterday and had a really bad night. I still managed to find the required energy to make it through the day. Training still went fairly well, but I hesitated during the competition a little bit and did not trust my approach speed.”
“Olivier is coming back from ACL surgery,” said Head Coach Dennis Capicik. “He didn’t jump that much in the summer and in the early fall. It’s been two summers that he hasn’t been able to properly train. He was a little tentative coming back from injury, which is normal. He’s capable of much more. We’ll get him back on track.”
Gerrits, 23, won this event last year but could not repeat his performance from 2013. Gerrits finished 21st after scoring 71.24.
“I think I was missing a bit of confidence and energy today,” said Gerrits. “I hesitated a bit in the air during my quad twisting triple and missed my landing. It left me a little frustrated, but I will channel that into the team competition tomorrow. We’re Canadian so we are coming back with a vengeance tomorrow as a team!”
The athletes will be back in competition tomorrow for the team event starting at 5:30 am EST.
“I must push this aside and think about tomorrow,” added Rochon. “I know I can perform better. I need to convert this frustration into motivation. Sunday will be better.”
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