(Lac-Beauport) Marion Thénault and Émile Nadeau won the bronze medal in the first stage of the Lac-Beauport Aerials World Cup, where three Canadians were super-finalists at the Le Relais Ski Center.
On the men’s side, Nadeau had to wait nervously in the medalists’ area after starting first and setting the tone for the super-final with a score of 105.30.
The Chinese Guangpu Qi (124.78) and Xindi Wang (119.47) then achieved the two best scores of the day, before the other Canadian in the super-final, Lewis Irving, fell on landing to finally take sixth place.
Chinese Yifan Zhang thought he had joined his teammates on the podium for a hat-trick, but his score of 103.10 was unable to dislodge Nadeau.
Only the Ukrainian Dmytro Kotovskyi remained, who attempted a triple somersault with five twists, a first on the World Cup circuit. His imperfect landing, however, relegated him to fifth place.
Thénault, first in qualifying and the final, started last of the day among the ladies. However, she experienced some problems landing and obtained 83.19 points from the judges, insufficient to outrank the American Karenna Elliott (89.18) or the Australian Danielle Scott (84.24), who ‘were ahead on the podium.
This is a first career podium for Elliott.
The Sherbrookoise, who won the first stage of the Lac-Beauport World Cup last year, was happy to find the podium again during this difficult season. Thénault, who fell heavily between the first two World Cups of the season and is still recovering from her injuries, admitted that mentally she didn’t feel good at the start of the day, a feeling that her performances gradually faded. .
The road of Rosalie Gagnon and Charlie Fontaine ended in the final, where they took the 10e and 12e ranks. Alexandra Montminy was eliminated in qualifying and finished 15e.
Among the men, five jumpers qualified for the final: Alexandre Duchaine, winner last week in Deer Valley, Miha Fontaine and Anthony Noël finished in ninth, 11e and 12e places.
Gabriel Dion (15e), Elliott Beauregard (17e), Victor Primeau (19e) and Pierre-Olivier Côté were stopped in qualifying.
Ranking shaken up
The surprise of the day came from the American Winter Vinecki. The one who held the yellow jersey before the start of the competition fell on landing in qualifying and finished 13ewhich allowed Scott to get ahead of her in the quest for the crystal globe.
The Australian now has 280 points against 252 for the American. Thénault follows in third place, with 182. Elliott’s victory allows him to move up to fourth place, 12 points behind.
On the men’s side, Qi increased his lead with 300 points against 224 for the Swiss Pirmin Werner, 10e SATURDAY. The American Christopher Lillis (7e) follows at 216 points.
Duchaine slipped one place to fifth place with 187 points. Wang is now in fourth place, three points ahead. Nadeau rose to seventh place, with 160 points.