Félix Cormier-Boucher finished in fifth place at the freestyle ski World Cup aerials in Moscow, earning his best career result on the circuit.
For the first time ever, Cormier-Boucher, 22, who hails from Saint-Mathias-sur-Richelieu, made it to the super final. “I had never been in the top 12 and so never into a final until today. Placing fifth is pretty incredible!” said the skier. “It’s also my first time participating in this World Cup event.”
This season, Cormier-Boucher added two new tricks to his repertory – the Lay Double Full and the Full Full Full.
The Russian Stanislav Nikitin (128.96) won the event on home turf in front of avid fans. Wang Xindi of China (123.08) finished second and Noe Roth of Switzerland came in third with 119.91.
Catrine Lavallée misses super final
Meanwhile, Catrine Lavallée finished 12thin her event after snagging a fourth-place position in the qualifying round with a score of 82.84.
“I really had a good day in spite of how it turned out. Unfortunately, the wind picked up during the final and I couldn’t get the speed I needed for my jump,” said the 23-year-old athlete.
The aerials athletes will be back in action next Saturday for the World Cup in Minsk, Belarus.