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Warren Shouldice skis toward second place in aerials qualifications

Warren Shouldice skis toward second place in aerials qualifications

Calgary, January 28, 2011 — The high-flying Canadian Aerials squad put on a huge show for fans at the Canada Post Grand Prix at WinSport Canda’s Canada Olympic Park here today. By the end of the qualifications, seven Canadian acrobats earned spots tomorrow’s finals of the FIS World Cup here.

Leading the Canadian men’s team was hometown favorite Warren Shouldice (Calgary, Alta), who qualified second to China’s Qi Guangpu. Renato Ulrich of Switzerland was third.

Shouldice will be joined in tomorrow’s ten-man final by teammates Rémi Bélanger (Mascouche, Que.), Jean-Christophe André (Montreal, Que.) and Travis Gerrits (Milton, Ont) who made a huge recovery after falling on his landing on the first jump of the two-jump qualifications.

Shouldice who is just coming back from a minor knee injury, said, “I jumped pretty well today, so it does give me a little bit of an advantage going in to tomorrow. I feel pretty good right now and I jumped okay today. I imagine it will take more than I did today to be on the podium tomorrow, so I’m going to have to clean my landings up a bit and that should hopefully put me on the podium.”

Red Deer’s Jonathan Vellner just missed making finals after a couple of rough landings. He ended the day in 14th position.

On the women’s side, while Emily Cook (USA), Mengtao Xu (China) and Olga Volkova (UKR) took the top three spots of the day, both of Canada’s entries have berths in finals tomorrow.

Sabrina Guérin (Laval, Que.) qualified in fifth spot and Crystal Lee (Queensville, Ont.) was eighth.

Guérin, who had a bad crash in training earlier in the week, said, I’m really happy with what I did today, putting two jumps on my feet is always my goal. I can say that I rebounded a bit from my fall earlier in the week. My plan for tomorrow is to do the same thing, two good jumps on my feet and good landings.”

If you can’t be at Canada Olympic Park to watch the free events, you can watch the best mogul and aerial athletes in the world compete tomorrow in Calgary on our live webcast at: http://www.sportsnet.ca/more/freestylegrandprix/

Mogul finals start at 10:30 a.m. MT, Aerial finals start at 2 p.m. MT.

For more information, or to schedule post-event interviews, contact kelleykorbin at: [email protected]/.

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Full qualification results from the moguls and aerials events can be found at: http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/1228.html?event_id=28271&cal_suchsector=FS

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