The retired aerialist will receive the award at the FIS Freestyle World Cup Aerials event in Val Saint-Côme this Saturday
VAL SAINT-CÔME, QUEBEC (January 9, 2013) – The Canadian Freestyle Ski Association is proud to announce that 10 years after his retirement from competitive athletics, Nicolas Fontaine will add another prestigious medal to his collection. The aerialist and coach has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
The medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60the anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. It honors Canadians who have significant contributions and achievements. Fontaine clearly fits the bill.
The Magog, Que. native was a member of the Canadian National Freestyle Ski Team and the renowned “Canadian Air Force” aerials squad from 1991 to 2003. Over those years he represented Canada at four Olympic Winter Games, seven World Championship events and 107 World Cups. He earned 36 FIS World Cup podiums and won the coveted Crystal Globe for four consecutive seasons (1997-2000).
After retiring from his illustrious competitive career, Fontaine continued in the sport of aerial skiing as a coach and mentor. He was instrumental in the development of the Centre National D’Entrainment Acrobatique Yves Laroche in Lac Beauport, Que. – a water ramp aerials training facility that has become the heart of summer training for Canadian aerialists and slopestyle skiers.
He has also developed and promoted recruitment systems for freestyle skiing that have enabled Canada to consistently produce some of the best acrobatic ski talent in the world.
“Nico has always represented our sport with professionalism, dedication and grace,” said CFSA CEO Peter Judge. “His commitment to sport both as an athlete and coach are exemplary and have contributed to the continued success of the Canadian Team. He is a much respected and loved figure in the sport of freestyle skiing.”
Fontaine is currently a master learning facilitator and master evaluator with the National Coaching Certification Program in Canada and is the aerials recruitment manager and development coach for the Canadian Aerial Team.
Upon hearing of the honor, Fonatine said, “It’s a big honor and it’s really nice to be appreciated for the work the aerial coaches and I have been doing to recruit athletes into freestyle skiing. I’m still passionate about aerials. I had a great career and now it’s time to pass on and give the opportunity to other people through coaching and recruiting athletes. I feel happy that can bring athletes to the sport and see them have fun and even see some of them move on to the elite level.”
The medal will be presented by Peter Judge at the FIS World Cup Freestyle Aerials Event in Val St-Come, Quebec on January 12, 2012 at 12:55 p.m.
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