Enthusiastic crowds make Ski Mont Gabriel event an athlete favorite
SAINTE-ADÈLE, QUEBEC (January 10, 2012) – The world’s greatest mogul and aerial skiers will descend on Ski Mont Gabriel this week as the mountain hosts the Canada Post Grand Prix event this weekend.
The Gabriel event is the first North American FIS Freestyle World Cup stop of the season and hopes are high for Team Canada, lead by Canadian star Mikael Kingsbury, who is the current FIS World Cup mogul tour leader and last year’s women’s mogul event-winner, Quebec’s Justine Dufour-Lapointe.
In all 116 athletes from 15 countries will compete for $66,000 in prize money at the two-day event.
Although snow conditions have been a challenge this season, the team at Ski Mont Gabriel and an army of CFSA volunteers have been working around the clock to ensure that the aerial and dual mogul courses will be in top condition for the competitions.
Of course, the event also could not take place without the support of corporate sponsors. Canada Post, RBC and Suzuki make the dreams of freestyle athletes a reality in Canada, as does the Government of Canada, whose support through its Own the Podium program is invaluable.
“The Government of Canada is the single largest contributor to the Canadian sport system, providing funding through Sport Canada programs in support of Canada’s athletes and national sport organizations and for hosting international sport events such as the 2012 Canada Post Freestyle Grand Prix,” said the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport). “These events showcase Canada as a world-class host and bring significant economic benefits to communities such as Ste-Adèle.”
Canadian Freestyle Ski Association officials said they expect record crowds for the free event which takes place on January 14 (Dual Moguls) and 15 (Aerials). A full event schedule, media and spectator information can be found at: http://freestyleski.com//smg.
“The Quebec stop is definitely an athlete favorite and the crowd here always comes out to support the team,” said Canada Freestyle CEO Peter Judge, adding that the majority of members on the Canadian Freestyle Team have their roots in the province.
Media – please note that media accreditation requests can be made under the ‘media’ button on the web page. The pre-event news conference is today at 10 a.m. at the Mansfield Athletic Club in downtown Montreal.
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Canadian Athletes competing at Ski Mont Gabriel are:
|Alex Bilodeau (Rosemère, QC)*|
|Mikael Kingsbury (Deux Montagnes, QC)|
|Cédric Rochon (Saint-Sauveur, QC)|
|Marc-Antoine Gagnon (Terrebonne, QC)|
|Simon Pouliot-Cavanagh (Québec, QC)|
|Eddie Hicks (Langley, BC)|
|Philippe Marquis (Quebec City, QC)|
|Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau (Drummondville, QC)|
|Pascal-Olivier Gagné (Montreal, QC)|
|Simon Lemieux (Repentigny, QC)|
|Hugo Blanchette (Ile d’Orleans, QC) +|
|Justine Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC)|
|Chloé Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC)|
|Audrey Robichaud (Quebec City, QC)|
|Chelsea Henitiuk (Spruce Grove, AB & Whistler, BC)|
|Maxime Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC)|
|Béatrice Bilodeau (Rosemère, QC)|
|Alexandra Dufresne (Lorraine, QC)|
|Kiera Leung (Coquitlam, BC)|
|Christel Hamel (St. Sauveur, QC)|
|Travis Gerrits (Milton, ON)|
|Jean-Christophe André (Saint-Laurent, QC)|
|Rémi Bélanger (Mascouche, QC)|
|Olivier Rochon (Gatineau, QC)|
*To be confirmed + Alternate
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The Canadian Freestyle Ski Association is the governing body in Canada for the sport of Freestyle Skiing. With the support of its valued corporate along with the Government of Canada, Canadian Olympic Committee and Own the Podium, the CFSA develops Olympic and world champions in all disciplines of the sport.