The FIS Freestyle World Cup tour came to an end today for aerialists in Minsk, Belarus.
The conclusion of the season did not go the way the Canadian team had wanted it to, but there were a few positives including a season-best 10th place finish for Sabrina Guérin (Laval, QC).
Guérin had the fifth best score during qualification after landing her jump for a 79.06.
“I was happy with my qualification jump today and that it put me in a position to compete in the finals,” said Guérin who scored a 59.85 in the final. “To do it in the last World Cup of the season was good. I’m proud of the way I performed. My jump in the finals wasn’t nearly as nice and it cost me. I was a little disappointed about my season heading into this event. I expected more from myself. I think I can improve and we will keep working on things during training.”
Travis Gerrits (Milton, ON) and Olivier Rochon (Montreal, QC) finished 14th and 23rd, respectively, on the men’s side.
For Rochon, the season was all about regaining some of the form he had lost after a two-year layoff due to injuries. Overall he finished the season with four top-10 placements.
“It definitely wasn’t the best day for me here,” said Rochon who scored a 52.21. “We only had one day of training. Things were a little difficult out there because of the warm weather. It really changed how the snow felt. I hesitated a little on my jump during qualification and it cost me an opportunity to be in the final.
“I don’t think I’ve ever finished last in a competition before. But there needs to be a first for everything. I wanted to end my season on a better note, but I need to be proud of everything that I accomplished this season. I hadn’t competed in two years so I was happy to get a full season in without injury.”
The aerialists will now return to Canada for the National Championships on March 8th in Val Saint-Côme, QC.
“I did a phenomenal jump today but similarly to at World Championships, I punched forward and missed the landing,” said Gerrits who scored 84.07. “The snow was a little bit soft today, but this is my fault. It is very unfortunate for it to happen during competition when I was doing well all week. I’m looking forward to heading home and competing at Val Saint-Côme for our National Championships with my teammates and all the junior athletes. It’s going to be my opportunity at redemption.”
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