Vancouver, BC, October 17, 2017 – The 2017–2018 freestyle skiing season is at our door, and the Freestyle Canada athletes are ready to take it on! The next few months will be decisive for the Olympic qualification process. A full schedule awaits the aerial, halfpipe, and slopestyle athletes before the PyeongChang Olympic Games in February 2018.
New on the schedule: The mogul skiers will race down the Tremblant slopes at the FIS Freestyle World Cup presented by Toyota on January 20, 2018. It will be the last opportunity to see the Canadian athletes in action before their departure to South Korea. Two other events are scheduled on Canadian soil: The FIS Freestyle World Cup presented by Toyota hosted in Calgary on January 6, 2018 for the mogul athletes, and the Jamboree Big Air in Quebec City on March 23rd, 2018, which will close off the FIS season.
The athletes of the four disciplines spent the summer perfecting their tricks on snow to be on top of their game for the 2017–2018 season. A first World Cup already took place for the slopestyle and halfpipe skiers in New Zealand in August. Two Canadians performed brilliantly in the halfpipe: Cassie Sharpe, who finished first, and teammate Simon d’Artois, who took third place.
“It is the beginning of an important year and the Olympic qualification process began in December 2016. All teams have had excellent training camps since the spring,” said David Mirota, Vice-president Sport for Freestyle Canada. “As the Olympic Games draw near, we are taking a strategic approach to maximize the chances that our athletes compete under the best possible mental and physical conditions. We are heading into the season with great confidence.”
WORLD CUP TEAMS FOR THE 2017 – 2018 SEASON
A total of 32 athletes will represent Canada at the FIS and AFP Platinum World Cup events in 2017–2018.
Six World Cups are scheduled for the aerial skiers before the Olympic Games in February 2018. The season will begin in China in December 2017.
Ladies: Catrine Lavallée (Montréal, QC)
As always, the moguls skiers will take part in their first World Cup of the season in Ruka, Finland, on December 9, 2017. They then travel to China for a double-header before returning home for the Christmas holidays. Overall, 11 World Cups are scheduled for the 2017–2018 season.
Ladies: Chloé Dufour-Lapointe (Montréal, QC), Justine Dufour-Lapointe (Montréal, QC), Maxime Dufour-Lapointe (Montréal, QC), Audrey Robichaud (Québec, QC), Andi Naude (Penticton, BC), Alex-Anne Gagnon (Terrebonne, QC)
The halfpipe team started the season in August 2017 with a World Cup in New Zealand, which was won by Cassie Sharpe on the ladies side. The season continues in Colorado, United States, in December, and will end in Tignes, France, in March. Five World Cups are on the agenda, in addition to the Dew Tour in Breckenridge and the X Games in Aspen (Colorado, United States).
With a first World Cup already over, slopestyle athletes will be on the slopes again at Stubai in Austria at the end of November. A total of five World Cups, two X Games, and the Dew Tour are scheduled for the 2017–2018 season.