Snowboard Cross World Cup | The Savard-Fergusons invite themselves to the party

(Mont-Sainte-Anne) Even if they were not on the start lists for the Snowboard Cross World Cup in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Rose and James Savard-Ferguson made business pleasant. , Friday, by participating in the event in a completely different way.

After being a track opener at the start of the day, Rose decided at short notice to stay at the bottom of the course to comment on the qualifications for the spectators present at Mont-Sainte-Anne.

“I’m honored to have been able to open the track this morning (Friday), it’s an impressive course and it gives me good experience. I heard they needed someone to help out as a commentator, I raised my hand laughing, but they offered me to go for real,” Rose explained in laughing.

Her brother James came to join her for the second wave of qualifying. A very special moment for the Savard-Ferguson siblings.

“I wanted to be here, I’m happy to have been able to share this moment with Rose and I want to be able to lend a hand to the team too if they need me. It was a great moment to be able to comment on the races with Rose, we did a little interview as well, it was unexpected, but really fun,” mentioned James.

Rose and James’ passion for snowboard cross goes well beyond practicing the sport. They both like to analyze the athletes as well as the courses and this is what they were able to demonstrate by playing house announcers on Friday.

“By studying other runners, it allows me to learn from them,” Rose said. I observe a lot, especially at the level I am at, I have beautiful models in front of me and I want to take advantage of them. We like knowing everything about our sport. »

“It’s important for me to know my opponents, to know how they react on the track and to learn their strategies. Even though it is an individual sport, our opponents have an influence on our races and we must take this into account,” added James.

On the sidelines for a second year

Last year, James Savard-Ferguson missed the World Cup at Mont-Sainte-Anne after suffering a concussion during a stop on the Nor-Am circuit at Mont Orignal. This year, it was again an injury that kept him out.

As he was preparing to start the World Cup in Les Deux Alpes, France, at the beginning of December, the Quebecer fell in training and tore his anterior cruciate ligament.

“This is the second year in a row that I have not been able to participate due to injuries. I had a good training camp before the season, but I got injured before my first start. I am feeling better and better and am aiming for a full return early next year. I don’t want to miss any stages, I’m taking my time, but I should return to the snow in November,” he said.

For his part, Rose had a particular campaign in the North American circuit. However, she had the chance to participate in the Youth Olympic Games in Gangwon, South Korea.

“It’s my first season in the Nor-Am circuit, it hasn’t been easy because several races have been canceled. On the other hand, at the Youth Olympic Games, it was the experience of my life. I managed to make a top 10 too! It was sick! » said the youngest.

The 17-year-old athlete will participate in the Nor-Am Cup scheduled for Mont-Sainte-Anne next weekend before heading to Gudauri, Georgia, to participate in the Junior World Championships.

Death, taxes and Grondin first in qualifying

On the track, Eliot Grondin did not seem bothered by his ankle injury suffered last week in Austria, as he took first place in qualifying on Friday.

“It was still a good run qualification on my side, there are some errors to correct for the rest, but I am happy with my descent. I know what I have to do, I don’t take unnecessary risks. I don’t feel any pain (in my ankle),” Grondin said.

He finished in first place in qualifying in each of his outings this season.

He is the only athlete from La Belle Province to have broken through to top 32 giving access to Saturday’s elimination races. Tristan Bell took 39e place, while Noah Royz, William Scott and Griffin Mason respectively finished 51e52e and 55e.


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