No Canadian athletes qualified on Wednesday for the men’s slopestyle final at the FIS Freestyle Ski World Championships in Park City, on yet another of several days of difficult weather that included strong winds and snow squalls.
Four Canadians were listed to compete in the event. Philippe Langevin of Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, and Teal Harle of Campbell River, BC, skied their qualifying runs but failed to move up for the final, while Alex Beaulieu-Marchand of Quebec chose not to start due to weather conditions and Evan McEachran was sidelined by a knee injury.
“I decided not to take the start because of the weather, as a precaution,” said Beaulieu-Marchand. “Slopestyle is already a risky discipline when conditions are perfect. Today, and even over the past few days, conditions were making it hard to work up enough speed to do our manoeuvres.” The two Canadians who decided to take the start in spite of the weather, Langevin and Harle, had to stop halfway down the course because conditions were too rough and they hadn’t reached the speed they needed to accomplish their tricks.
On the women’s side, the qualifications were cancelled and the final, which was to take place Wednesday afternoon, was postponed due to weather. The FIS will decide later in the day if the women’s events will be held on Thursday.
The two Canadian women slated to compete in the slopestyle event are Elena Gaskell of Vernon, BC, and Yuki Tsubota of Whistler, BC.
The Freestyle Ski World Championships continue until Saturday in Park City and Deer Valley.