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Naude and Lalonde win NorAm medals


Posted on Feb 08 2012.

Telluride mogul NorAm

TELLURIDE, COLORADO (February 8, 2012) – Sixteen-year-old Canadians Andi Naude and Alexis Lalonde enjoyed their best NorAm finishes here today in a single mogul event, taking silver and bronze, in their respective categories. For both of the teenagers it was only their second appearance at this level of event.

Naude, who comes from Penticton B.C. and skis with the BC Freestyle team earned a score of 23.38 and the fastest time in the women’s division. She was second to Ali Kariotis of the US, who scored 23.79. Sophia Schwartz also of the US was third at 23.03.

“I had some troubles skiing out of my top air [a 360] today, but I managed to get back into my line so I’m happy with my performance. Tomorrow I’m just going to go our and have fun, skiing is what I like to do best,” said Naude, who added that the course today was “pretty easy – quite flat and not too technical.”

The next Canadian woman was Christel Hamel of St. Sauveur, Que. who had her best NorAm finish, just outside the super final in 5th,

Alex-Anne Gagnon of the Quebec Team was 21st; Katrine Bazinet was 25th; Clare Lambert of Alberta was 32nd; Kate Targett was 35th;

On the men’s side, Lalonde, who hails from Chateauguay, Que. and who skis with the Quebec Performance Team said his goal for the day was to finish in the top 16, “So, I’m really happy with the bronze medal.”

The US took the gold and silver. Reilly Ryan scored 26.12 and Dylan Walczyk was 25.19. Lalonde scored 24.99.

Lalonde explained that while he had an excellent run in the finals, he got a little out of control in the middle section of the super final, but managed to pull it together in time to do his signature jump, a ‘cork 720 truck driver’. “It’s a style jump,” he said, “It’s smooth and the judges like it and gave me high scores.”

Canadian Team Coach Adrian Taggart was disappointed with the showing of the National Team athletes. The top National Team athlete, Simon Lemieux of Repentigny fell on his finals run and landed in 15th position. “We had excellent training and I really expected better finishes today,” he said. “But, one of the difficulties with an easy course is that it’s hard for the better athletes to differentiate themselves,” said Taggart.

Quebec Team members Laurent Dumais and Kerrian Chunland were 11th and 12th 23.28 and 23.12, respectively.

National Team member P-O Gagne of Montreal was 17th; David Cooksley was 27th; National Team member Hugo Blanchette of Quebec City was 28th; Luke Ulsifer was 29th; Troy Minogue was 30th; Zach Hoffman was 31st;  Dean Bercovitch was 34th; Heath Berkovitch was 35th, Connor Spence was 37th; Julien Dufresne was 47th; and, Matt Joosten was 53rd.


Utah Olympic Park aerial NorAm

Dave Blais et Marc-Antoine Labbé-Giguere

PARK CITY, UTAH (FEBRUARY 8, 2012) – Meanwhile, in Aerial action at Utah Olympic Park, Canadian National ‘C’ Team member Marc-Antoine Labbe-Giguere of Quebec City was the top Canadian in 7th with a combined score of 142.36 .

Americans swept the podium today. Nevin Brown was first at 207.47; Jonathon Lillis was second at 193.63 and the bronze medal went to Alex Bowen at 186.36.

Labbe-Giguere, who was injured earlier in the season, said, “I’m not really happy with my performance, I haven’t had a lot of training but I hoped to do better today.”

The only other Canadian in the field was Quebec Team member David Blais, who was 9th at 137.00

In the women’s field Americans Kyley McKinnon and Madison Olsen took the gold and silver at 132.16 and 126.29, respectively. Renee McElduff of Australia was third at 125.77.

There were no Canadian women in today’s event.

NorAm action continues in Park City and Telluride tomorrow with another aerial and mogul event.

For more information, or to arrange for athlete interviews, contact Canadian Freestyle Media Relations Manager Kelley Korbin at: [email protected]/.


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