Travis Gerrits

(ISN) – Beijing, China – The trio of Travis Gerrits (Milton, ON), Olivier Rochon (Gatineau, QC) and Sabrina Guérin (Laval, QC) missed out on making the final of the first-ever FIS World Cup Aerials team event in Beijing, China by 0.44 points. The Canadian team finished with a combined tally of 261.56.

In the new event, teams consist of three aerialists and at least one of the opposite gender. Each member of the team gets one jump attempt. Scores are then tallied. The points work the same as an individual event and will count towards their FIS standings.

Rochon was able to dramatically improve on yesterday’s performance to finish seventh overall among men. The 25-year-old finished with a score of 116.82.

“Today was a much better day for me,” said Rochon, who had been under the weather all week. “It was a significant improvement after finishing 20th in the men’s event yesterday. I got a much better night’s sleep and that led to me having a lot more energy. I was able to put myself in a comfortable position during my jump and help the team.”

Gerrits finished in 19th place with 83.63 points and Guérin, 29, finished in 16th place among women with 61.11 points.

For the 23-year-old Gerrits, this weekend has been about finding his stride after a summer that did not include too much jumping after the Sochi Olympic Games.

“It wasn’t the best weekend for me,” said Gerrits. “My jump today wasn’t great. I felt pretty good in training, but I was hesitant during competition and missed my landing. I didn’t do everything I could’ve done to help the team out. I’m disappointed with that. I was happy to overcome some of my obstacles that I’ve been having throughout training though. It was a step in the right direction. For me it’s about finding my feet again before our main focus for the year, the World Championships.”

Melissa Corbo (Blainville, QC), 24, also competed today individually and finished in 17th with a score of 60.79.

All four Canadian aerialist will be heading to Kreischberg, Austria next month for the FIS World Championship between January 14-22.

Canada Medals at NorAm Cup

Lewis Irving, 19, captured aerials silver at the FIS NorAm in Park City, Utah yesterday. The native of Quebec City finished just 0.31 points shy of first place with a score of 97.29.