Calgary, January 4, 2018 – It will be in front of a partisan crowd in Calgary that Canadian moguls skiers kick off the year 2018. Two weeks after the World Cup in Thaiwoo, where Mikaël Kingsbury was twice crowned with gold and teammate Andi Naude earned two bronze medals, the Canadian moguls teams will strive to sustain the momentum that has put Canada’s male and female athletes on podiums at every event since the season started.
After a break of just one week – shorter than usual, with the Olympics looming – the athletes are back training in Calgary on January 4 ahead of the World Cup contest on Saturday, January 6. A slightly different schedule awaits the women, who will ski in the qualifying round on Friday due to the high number of athletes taking part in this World Cup. The men will follow the usual routine – a qualifier on Saturday morning followed by finals in the afternoon.
The Canadian athletes usually do very well in Calgary. Last year Justine Dufour-Lapointe, Chloé Dufour-Lapointe and Mikaël Kingsbury all stepped up on the podium. Kingsbury, whose consecutive wins on Alberta soil ended at six last year with a second-place finish, will almost surely vie to recapture his title.
Fans who can’t be in Calgary for the event will be able to watch the finals on the CBC Sports and Radio-Canada Sports websites starting at 3:30 p.m. (ET). The CBC show Road to the Olympics will rebroadcast the event on Sunday, January 7 at 1:30 (ET).
As a top-level partner of Freestyle Ski Canada, Toyota Canada is pleased to act as presenting sponsor of the FIS World Cup in Calgary. The sponsorship is part of a multi-year agreement in which Toyota Canada supports elite athletes and their respective national teams and contributes to the development of various community sport initiatives.
Athletes competing in this event:
Men: Mikaël Kingsbury (Deux-Montagnes, Qc), Philippe Marquis (Quebec City, Qc), Marc-Antoine Gagnon (Terrebonne, Qc), Laurent Dumais (Quebec City, Qc), Simon Lemieux (Repentigny, Qc), Gabriel Dufresne (Repentigny, Qc), Kerrian Chunlaud (Ste-Foy, Qc), Luke Ulsifer (Calgary, AB), Brendan Kelly (Pemberton, BC), Elliott Vaillancourt (Drummondville, Qc)
Ladies: Chloé Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, Qc), Justine Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, Qc), Maxime Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, Qc), Audrey Robichaud (Quebec City, Qc), Andi Naude (Penticton, BC), Alex-Anne Gagnon (Terrebonne, Qc), Sofiane Gagnon (Whistler, BC), Valérie Gilbert (Ste-Adèle, Qc), Berkley Brown (Aurora, ON)
Upcoming events (January):