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Toyo Tires Winter Prep: 9 Questions with NextGen Slopestyle skier Etienne Geoffroy-Gagnon

Oct. 16, 2018

Winter season is just around the corner so Freestyle Canada and Toyo Tires decided to find out how the winners of the 2017/18 Toyo Cup are getting ready for their up-coming competitive season.  

About the Toyo Cup

Freestyle Canada has developed a specific ranking system for the Toyo Cup, which will determine the most consistent performer overall, across all of our disciplines, in the Canada Cup Series. At the end of the season, the Toyo Cup, along with a $5000 education bursary will be awarded to the top male and female freestyle skier that finish with the highest point totals overall.

Toyo Cup prizes for 2018-2019:
  • $5K education bursaries for top 3 women
  • $5K education bursaries for top 3 men.

The bursaries will be split between the top 3 accordingly: $2500, $1500, $1000 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd


Featured Athlete

Name: Etienne Geoffroy-Gagnon

Sport: Slopestyle Skiing

Home Club: Yukon Freestyle

Home Town: Whitehorse, Yukon

Current Team: NextGen Canadian Team

Sponsors: Libertiy Skis, Buff Canada, Icycle Sports

2017/18 Toyo Cup Ranking: 1


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What did it mean to win the Toyo Cup last year?

It meant that I had surpassed the Canada Cup competition level and that I was ready to win the North American title and compete in World Cup events.

What is it about your sport that you love (why did you choose your Freestyle discipline)?

I love having to build up a new run at every competition and love the endless variety of rails and jumps.

What are some of your other interests/passions besides skiing?

Sports are my passions. Although skiing is my main one, I love them all. If I had to pick a few I would say soccer, disc golf, and squash would be at the top of my list.

What was your top results from last year and how did it happen?

Ended up in first place at the Mammoth NorAm through hard work, focus and dedication. Got an injury in training but pushed through, kept a level head and won the event.

How have you been physically preparing for the up-coming winter season?

I have been doing a lot of dryland training and airbaging to prepare myself physically for the upcoming season. Day in, day out at the gym and long sessions on the airbag in Quebec.

How have you been mentally preparing for the up-coming winter season?

I have been mentally preparing myself by playing technical sports that require high levels of focus. Some examples would be disc golf, baseball and basketball.

How much skiing do you do in the off-season and where are some of the places you have gone?

I usually end up taking about one to two months off a year. I have trained in Whistler, Switzerland, France and New Zealand during our Canadian summer.

What are your competitive ski goals for this next ski season?

My goal is to get comfortable skiing in World Cups and possibly get a top 15.

What would you like to accomplish in your ski career?

I would like to compete in the X Games, Dew Tour and make it to the Olympics!


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