Photo Credit: Chad Buchholz/FIS
(ISN) – Park City, Utah – Competing in her first career FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup, Anouk Purnelle-Faniel (Quebec City, QC) finished in fourth place against an impressive slopestyle field.
Purnelle-Faniel, 20, had a strong week in Park City and finished second overall during qualifiers showing amazing poise for someone who only started skiing seriously three years ago.
“It was pretty incredible to see her qualify second overall and make the top-six final,” said assistant coach JF Cusson. “She was doing things out there that nobody else was doing. She was probably the best out there on the rails. She just needed to gain a little more speed to perform those big tricks of hers. Anouk should be very proud to see how far she’s come.”
Purnelle-Faniel’s season so far includes another fourth place finish earlier this year at the Dew Tour and a sixth place finish in her first X Games appearance this past January.
The World Cup was eventually won by Sweden’s Emma Dahlstrom (79.60). American Devin Logan came in second (77.60) and Norway’s Tiril Sjaastad Christiansen finished third (74.80).
“I was happy to nail my landings today and my rails were the best of the season so far,” said Purnelle-Faniel who finished with a score of 70.40. “I had a little more trouble with my jumps then usually but otherwise I’m happy. It’s my first season on tour and I’m pretty pleased with how I’ve done so far. It’s great to achieve these results. I’m looking forward to my first competitions out of North America now.”
Purnelle-Faniel and the rest of the slopestyle team leave for Europe tomorrow for a competition in La Clusaz, France.
Also scheduled to compete today in the men’s slopestyle final was Evan McEachran (Oakville, ON). However, an injury sustained right before the finals kept the 17-year-old out of the competition.
“Evan injured himself on his last training run,” said Cusson. “He went a little too big on his last jump and landed at the edge of the landing. It impacted his heel and it became too sore for him to compete. He unfortunately had to pull out of the top-10 final. We tried to ice it and see if he could be ready to compete. It was just too sensitive. It’s a shame because he had a run that could have won the event for him.”
The American trio of Joss Christensen (92.00), Mcrae Williams (90.00) and Gus Kenworthy (89.00) swept the podium.