Moguls action back underway this Saturday at Val Saint-Come
Val Saint-Come, CAN - The next stop for mogul skiers on the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup circuit will be on Saturday, January 23 at the Val Saint-Côme Ski Resort in Quebec. Located approximately two hours north of Montreal, Saint-Côme will host its third consecutive FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup.
Last season Mikaël Kingsbury stood at the top of the podium on the men’s side, with Matt Graham (AUS) in second and Alexandr Smyshlyaev (RUS) in third, while the now-retired Hannah Kearney (USA) topped the ladies' field with Chloé Dufour-Lapointe (CAN) and Audrey Robichaud (CAN) taking second and third spots, respectively, in a strong show for the Canadian ladies.
“It’s always fun for our team competing here, especially with so many of us being from Quebec,” said Kingsbury when asked about competing at home. “It gives us an opportunity for many of our family and friends to come watch us ski. It’s also special to be in front of a hometown crowd and potentially inspire a kid in attendance or someone watching at home who might decide that they want to do this one day like us. It’s a great way for us to promote the sport across the country.”
Being in Val Saint-Côme also offers a homecoming for Marc-Antoine Gagnon and his sister Alex-Anne. The duo were taught to ski at Val Saint-Côme and spent numerous years competing with the local ski club before making the provincial team.
“I started skiing at two years old on the mountains of Val Saint-Côme, so it’s always extra special for me,” said Marc-Antoine. “I know many kids from the local ski club that are very excited to see the Canadian team in action. I think we can help motivate them and inspire the next generation of skiers. I’m also really looking forward to competing in front of my family and friends once again.”
With a win at the season-opening dual moguls World Cup in Ruka, Finland – also his record-breaking 49th career victory – Kingsbury currently sits in his usual place atop the World Cup standings, followed by French standout Benjamin Cavet and surprising 18-year-old Japanese skier Ikuma Horoshima.
On the ladies' side, Mikaela Matthews (USA) started the season with her first career victory to place herself on top in the early going of the 2015/16 World Cup standings, with Regina Rakhimova (RUS) and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe in second and third. Chloe's sister and last season's second-overall moguls skier Justine Dufour-Lapointe (CAN) will be looking to get back on track after an 11th-place showing in Ruka.
Competition in Val Saint-Come is scheduled for a full day of qualifications and finals on Saturday, January 23, 2016, with qualifications beginning at 10:00 and finals slated to get going at 14:15.
With files from the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association