The FIS Freestyle World Cup stop in Calgary, AB, has been a staple on the tour for the last five year. This year the city will host its sixth consecutive event and will consist of a moguls competition.
Let’s look back at some of the great moments that happened at Winsport Canada’s Canada Olympic Park ahead of the 2015 FIS Freestyle World Cup in Calgary on January 4, 2015
The global freestyle community was welcomed into Calgary, AB. on January 8, 2010 in the form of a World Cup. As the last international event before the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Calgary received a preview of the action that would be witnessed later that month in Vancouver. Calgary was introduced to moguls and aerials that year, and in 2011 dual moguls was added into the repertoire. In 2014, Calgarians were also introduced to halfpipe – one of freestyle`s newest disciplines and added for the first time to Calgary`s World Cup.
Since it`s inception, the Calgary World Cup has seen at least one Canadian female and one Canadian male mogul skier on the podium. In 2010, Jennifer Heil (Spruce Grove, BC) graced the very top of the podium in Calgary`s first event, followed by fellow teammate, Vincent Marquis (Quebec City, QC) who took home silver that year.
In 2011, Audrey Robichaud of Quebec Cty took silver and young Mikael Kingsbury (Deux-Montagnes, QC) took home gold followed closely by Alexandre Bilodeau (Montreal, QC) in second, with fellow teammate, Simon Pouliot-Cavanagh (Quebec City, QC) missing the podium in fifth place.
The 2012 season saw only two Canadians on the podium in Calgary, Justine Dufour-Lapointe took silver, and Kingsbury once again took the top of the podium, defending his spot from the year before. In addition to our two podium performances, four other Canadian athletes cracked the top ten. Robichaud sat in fifth place and Chelsea Henitiuk (Whistler, BC) took eighth. Marc-Antoine Gagnon (Terrebonne, QC) sat in fifth and Cedric Rochon (Saint-Sauveur, QC) took the tenth spot for the men.
At the World Cup in 2013, Canada dominated the top ten in both men`s and women`s moguls. Dufour-Lapointe moved up to take the gold, immediately followed by her sister, Chloe (Montreal, QC) who took silver. In sixth was Andi Naude (Penticton, BC), and the oldest of the Dufour-Lapointe sisters, Maxime finished in tenth place. On the Men`s side, Mikael Kingsbury successfully defended his first place spot three years in a row, followed by Alexandre Bilodeau in fourth, Marc-Antoine Gagnon in eighth, Philippe Marquis (Quebec City, QC) in ninth and Simon Pouliot-Cavanagh took the tenth place.
2014 was a powerhouse year for Canadians in moguls. Justine Dufour-Lapointe defended her first place finish second year in a row, her sister Chloe took bronze, immediately followed by Naude in fourth, and Maxime Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC) finished in fifth. For the fourth year in a row, Kingsbury stood at the top of the podium with a gold medal. He was joined onto the podium by Bilodeau in second place and in ninth was Philippe Marquis.
The Calgary World Cup has become a tradition for freestyle and we are looking forward to yet another successful year for our athletes. So much so, that we have planed a Community Day in Sunday between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. People of all ages are welcome to Winsport Canada’s Canada Olympic Park for an opportunity to take photos and mingle with their favourite freestyle athletes. The event will include a Q & A with athletes, skiing lessons and free hot chocolate.
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By Megan Bilton
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