The final stop for aerialists on the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup calendar is on Sunday, March 1 in Minsk, Belarus where Canadians Travis Gerrits (Milton, ON) and Olivier Rochon (Montreal, QC) and Sabrina Guérin will be competing.
The duo of Gerrits and Rochon are coming off of a solid showing at the last World Cup in Moscow where they finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
“I had such a great experience in Moscow,” said Gerrits on his highest finish of the season. “It was almost a relief to finally start landing jumps in competition, like I know I can. To compete alongside Olivier right up until the end at such a high profile event was also really cool. Moscow really boosted my confidence and showed me that I’m still very capable of doing great jumps.”
Guérin will be looking to improve on her 14th place finish in Moscow and has had good success in Belarus in the past. The native of Laval, QC finished fifth in her last visit to Minsk in 2011.
Rochon finished just off the podium in fourth place in 2012 during the last World Cup held in Belarus.
“I have my momentum back now and I want to finish the season with a podium,” said Rochon. “I think that would help me complete the season close to where I wanted to be. I have been very close to a podium in the last three competitions. I’m very motivated knowing that I am still one of the top jumpers in the world, even after 2 major injuries. I feel like I will be back on top soon.”
Likewise of Gerrits, the goal this weekend is to end the season on a positive note after a bit of a rough start to the year.
“My season has been somewhat of a disaster in terms of results,” said a positive Gerrits. “But I have learned a lot and am happy I get to learn my lesson now rather than in 2018 (at the Winter Olympic Games). This season has still been a big step forward for me in becoming a more well rounded aerialist. If I focus on the process of jumping the way I can and stomping jumps, the podium is right there. Finishing fourth in Moscow just made me more eager to reach that next level.”
The competition begins on Sunday at 9:40 a.m. local time with ladies’ qualification. A comprehensive event schedule can be accessed here.
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