Photo Credit: Mateusz Kielpinski / FIS
(ISN) – Silvaplana, Switzerland – Slopestyle skier Kim Lamarre returned from a three-month layoff to finish sixth at the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup on Saturday in Silvaplana, Switzerland.
Lamarre, 26, was the only Canadian, male or female, to qualify for the finals. The Olympic bronze medallist finished the day with an official high score of 71.60.
“I’m happy with how qualifiers went and being able to perform under pressure at that moment to make the final,” said Lamarre. “I had pretty good trainings runs today, but I was unable to land my jumps the way I wanted to during competition. I’m pleased with my progression and being able to be healthy here. I’m really happy to be back.”
The native of Lac-Beauport, QC, last competed on December 13 at the Dew Tour where she injured her shoulder on the way to a fifth place finish.
“I’m really proud of Kim’s performance this week,” said Slopestyle Assistant Coach JF Cusson. “Her transition from injury to competition has been great. There’s a lot to be happy about from what Kim was able to accomplish in Switzerland. We’re going to go back and train hard and get her ready for the next event in Whistler coming up in April.”
The competition was won by Norway’s Tiril Sjåstad Christiansen with a score of 90.80 just edging out Sweden’s Emma Dahlstrom by 0.20 points. Sjåstad Christiansen ‘s teammate, Johanne Killi, grabbed third with a score of 84.00.
The World Cup in Silvaplana was the last one of the season for the slopestyle athletes. The men will compete next at the Dumont Cup March 27-28.
The full team will compete in their last event of the season, the AFP World Tour Finals, between April 7-13 in Whistler, BC.