(ISN) – Val Saint-Côme, QC – The next stop on the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup tour arrives in Quebec on February 7, 2015. Val Saint-Côme will host the best mogul skiers in the world for the second consecutive year.
At last year’s inaugural mogul event, Alex Bilodeau and Chloé Dufour-Lapointe captured first place while Mikaël Kingsbury and Jutine Dufour-Lapointe came in second.
“I think we really put on a great show last year for everyone in attendance,” said Kingsbury. “I very much look forward to competing in my home province this weekend and hopefully inspiring the next generation of mogul skiers. The course is always challenging and will surely bring out the best in all of us. We’re going in well prepared and with a lot of momentum though. I can’t wait to get out there.”
This year’s team will show off the same amount of depth and is coming off an impressive last few weeks that included six medals at the World Championships in Kreischberg, Austria in January.
“I am very proud that we are back this year competing in Quebec,” said Marc-André Moreau, High Performance Director. “Hosting gives us the opportunity to feature more athletes than we normally would in a World Cup. This year we will have a total of 19 mogul skiers – 10 men and 9 women representing Canada. Last year was a great World Cup for us. We had four athletes on the podium and we have the skill on the team to do it again.”
Val Saint-Côme will be a homecoming for several Canadian athletes, many of which are based in Quebec. It will even be more special for the likes of siblings Marc-Antoine Gagnon and Alex-Anne Gagnon. The mountain at Val Saint-Côme is where they spent many years developing their mogul skills.
“It means a lot to me to be competing in Val Saint-Côme this weekend,” said Marc-Antoine Gagnon. “This stop on the tour is obviously very sentimental to my family and I. It brings back all these great memories from when I first fell in love with the sport. Our team has had a lot of success the last few weeks and I hope that we can continue that momentum here.”
This year’s FIS World Cup will be presented by the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association’s newest premier corporate sponsor, Difference Capital, and will include over 70 volunteers.
On Sunday, February 8 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. the CFSA will host a Community Day where fans in attendance will be able to interact with their favourite members of the national team. Events will include autograph sessions, photo opportunities and coaching from Canada’s best.
“We are thrilled to be back in Val Saint-Côme and with Difference Capital as the title sponsor for the event,” said Bruce Robinson, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association. “It’s always a wonderful opportunity for our athletes to compete on home soil in front of so many supportive Canadians. I look forward to watching all the athletes compete, especially our Canadian team. I know Val Saint-Côme will be a fantastic host.”
Canadian Mogul Skiers Competing at Val Saint-Côme:
Men – Mikaël Kingsbury (Deux-Montagnes, QC) Philippe Marquis (Quebec City, QC), Marc-Antoine Gagnon (Terrebonne, QC), Simon Pouliot-Cavanagh (Quebec City, QC), Kerrian Chunlaud (Ste-Foy, QC), Luke Ulsifer (Calgary, AB), Laurent Dumais (Quebec City, QC), Jordan Kober (Penticton, BC) and Brenden Kelly (Pemberton, BC), Cedric Rochon (Saint-Sauveur, QC)
Women – Justine Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC), Maxime Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC), Chloé Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC), Andi Naude (Penticton, BC), Audrey Robichaud (Quebec City, QC), Christel Hamel (Montreal, QC), Julie Bergeron (Trois-Rivières, QC), Alex-Anne Gagnon (Terrebonne, QC), Kiera Leung (Coquitlam, BC)