Calgary Community Day Leaves Lasting Impression


After a spectacular day at Winsport Canada’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary on Saturday that resulted in four out of six podium finishes for Canadian athletes during the 2015 FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup presented by Difference Capital, young athletes and fans got to spend a little quality time with their favourite mogul skiers.

A community event was arranged for the Sunday following the World Cup.

It was a great opportunity for local kids and fans to mingle with national team athletes. Many even got to ski with their idols on a separate mogul course designed for the younger skiers. Several kids braved the cold just for a chance to get feedback from their idols.

Mikaël Kingsbury, now a five-time winner of the World Cup in Calgary, said that he enjoys spending time with the kids.

“When I see that, I just remember not too long ago all the National Team members were my idols,” said Kingsbury. “It’s great to give back and I try to take time with the kids and it’s good to see them with their eyes wide open listening to you.”

Marco Ritchie, an athlete from one of Alberta’s freestyle clubs said that skiing with the National Team was a great opportunity for him. “It was a lot of fun and I got to learn a lot in the few runs that we did,” he said.

After the completion of the skiing lessons, Kingsbury and his teammates spent time in the day lodge at Winsport answering athletes’ questions and signing autographs.

Marco mentioned that one of the highlights of his day was meeting the Dufour-Lapointe sisters. Maxime, Chloé and Justine posed for pictures with the kids and adults, while making the day of several fans in attendance.

The lasting impression of the weekend will hopefully inspire and motivate many athletes to continue striving to excel in the sport or to hopefully try it for the first time.

Another community day in Canada will take place on the Sunday at the next domestic World Cup in Val St-Côme, QC after our moguls team competes on Saturday, February 7th.

By Megan Bilton
Photo: Cole Hofstra

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