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Flavie Aumond announces retirement from competitive freestyle skiing

Jul 02, 2024·Freestyle
photo: Sébastien Berthiaume / Freestyle Canada
photo: Sébastien Berthiaume / Freestyle Canada

Flavie Aumond, a standout freestyle skier who has made significant contributions to Freestyle Canada, has announced her retirement from the Canadian National Aerials Team at the age of 21. Aumond leaves a legacy of determination, resilience, and inspiration, having left an indelible mark on the sport.

Born on December 4, 2002, in Montreal, Quebec, Aumond began her skiing journey at the age of six. After initially trying snowboarding, she found her true passion in freestyle skiing at eleven. Under the guidance of coach Nicolas Fontaine, Aumond developed her aerial skills with the Quebec provincial team.

Aumond’s international competitive career began in the 2017-18 season on the NorAm circuit, where she quickly made a name for herself by earning a runner-up spot in her first event in Park City, Utah, and later a third placel at Le Relais, Quebec. Her early successes signaled the start of a promising career. In 2022, she achieved hometown win on the NorAm circuit at Le Relais.

As a member of Freestyle Canada’s NextGen national team since 2020, Aumond continued to improve her performance. During the 2020-21 World Cup season, she achieved consistent results, finishing as high as 16th on three occasions. Her breakthrough came in the 2021-22 season, with a top-10 finish at Le Relais, Quebec, and a career-best fifth-place finish in Deer Valley, establishing herself as a formidable competitor on the World Cup circuit.

Aumond made her Olympic debut at the Beijing 2022 Winter Games, finishing 19th in the women’s aerial event. A month later, she secured a first place at the European Cup and a gold medal at the FIS Junior World Championships, becoming the junior world champion in her first appearance at the event.

Aumond’s retirement marks the end of an era for an athlete who achieved remarkable success in a short period. From a young skier in Lac-Beauport to a world junior champion and Olympic competitor, Aumond’s journey is a testament to passion, hard work, and perseverance. Her story will continue to inspire aspiring athletes.

As she embarks on a new chapter, the FIS celebrates her contributions and looks forward to her continued impact on the sport. Flavie may be bidding farewell to competition, but her legacy will endure, inspiring future generations of athletes.

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