(ISN) – Deer Valley, UT – With their stars training in Europe in preparation for the 2015 World Championships, two young up-and-coming aerialists represented Canada at the World Cup in Deer Valley, Utah today.

Lewis Irving, making his World Cup debut at the age of 19, scored a 64.50
to finish in 15th place. Lewis was coming off winning two Nor-Am silver medals in December. However, warm conditions made the event a little challenging for the Quebec City native.

“My speed was good and so was my take off,” said Lewis who was first on the start list for the men’s competition. “However, I made a split-second judgement error in the air and crashed. Everything was there except for right at the end. I felt ready and had a great training. I landed all my jumps. I never believed I’d miss my landing in competition, but this stuff happens. It’s only my first World Cup competition. There will surely be more.”

Melissa Corbo (Blainville, QC), competing in only her second World Cup event, scored a 43.47 to finish in 14th place. Corbo, 24, finished in 10th place at the Beijing World Cup last month.

“I had a good training session today and I was confident before competing,” said Corbo. “I made a bit of an error at the beginning of my jump and I was unable to adjust before landing. It’s a brand new trick and I still need more experience to perfect it. I’m disappointed, but I learned a lot from coming here.”

“There were a lot of positives to take away from today,” said coach Caroline Franc. “All these jumps are new for both of them. They still need to gain some more of that World Cup experience. We didn’t get to train too much during the Christmas holidays. These two athletes still need to get used to jumping at that level and height. They’re attempting new jumps without too much preparation.”

Both athletes will continue their development at Nor-Am events in the next few weeks.

World Championships Next Week in Austria

The 2015 World Championships start in Austria next week. The aerials event will take place January 14 starting with qualifications and will be followed by the finals the very next day. Travis Gerrits (Milton, ON), Oliver Rochon (Montreal, QC) and Sabrina Guérin (Laval, QC) will be representing Canada.