Photo Credit: Dave Holland
(ISN) – The 2014-2015 FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup season officially comes to a close this week as our Canadian teams make three stops in Europe to finish out the year.
Halfpipe – March 11-12 – FIS World Cup – Tignes, France
In conjunction with the SFR Freestyle tour, 23 men and 22 women will be competing in Tignes, France for the final halfpipe World Cup of the season.
Qualification is scheduled for Wednesday, March 11. A total of six women and eight men will be receiving coveted spots in the finals taking place the very next day.
The Canadians are coming off competing at the Difference Capital Canadian Open Championships, presented by Audi Royal Oak in Calgary. There we saw Simon d’Artois and Cassie Sharpe finish second and Keltie Hansen finish third.
“We are all pretty stoked to be going to France,” said d’Artois earlier this week. “It should be a good competition and I look forward to building off the momentum in Calgary. It’s been a pretty good year for me with my X Games win and I hope to finish things off on a high note.”
“There been a lot of focus in this post-Olympic year for the team to learn new tricks,” said High Performance Director David Mirota. “The season has been very progressive and we’ve seen great things. The athletes have been taking what they’ve learned and put it down in competition.”
Slopestyle – March 12-13 – FIS World Cup – Silvaplana, Switzerland
The final FIS Slopestyle World Cup of the season takes place in Sylvaplana, Switzerland and will mark the return of Olympic bronze medallist Kim Lamarre.
Lamarre had been injured since competing in the Dew Tour in December and joins a young group of athletes including Anouk Purnelle-Faniel and the youngest member of the “A” team, Evan McEachran.
A total of 35 men and 25 women will be vying for a spot in the finals on Friday with 10 men and 6 women qualifying respectively.
Men – Evan McEachran (Oakville, ON), Noah Morrison (Vernon, BC), Taylor Wilson(Whistler, BC – National Institute team), Teal Harle (Whistler, BC – B.C. Provincial Team).
Dual Moguls – March 15 – FIS World Cup – Megève, France
All eyes will be in Mikaël Kingsbury as he continues his historic season. Having already set a new record of seven consecutive victories, Kingsbury will now have his eyes on surpassing Frenchman Edgar Grospiron’s record of 28 career FIS World Cup mogul wins.
Kingsbury will get his chance as he competes in a dual moguls competition this Sunday, March 15 in Megève, France. It would be a fitting way to end one of the best seasons in FIS World Cup history.
“I am excited to compete in the World Cup this Sunday,” said Kingsbury. “This has been a really great season for me. I’ve really believed in the process put forth by my coaches and my goal is to continue to follow the plan we’ve designed for the season. I obviously have the record in the back of my mind. Grospiron is a legend and it would be an honour to surpass him.”
Grospiron and Canadian legend Jean-Luc Brassard will be on hand for the event this weekend.
“Mikaël Kingsbury is the favourite to win this World Cup,” said Grospiron. “Kingsbury could be the best ever once he reaches 29 victories. I tell people to follow and cheer for that guy. He’s a fantastic champion.”
Kingsbury has already locked up the Crystal Globe for the fourth consecutive season.
Men – Mikaël Kingsbury (Deux-Montagnes, QC) Philippe Marquis (Quebec City, QC),Marc-Antoine Gagnon (Terrebonne, QC), Simon Pouliot-Cavanagh (Quebec City, 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), Alex-Anne Gagnon (Terrebonne, QC)