Deer Valley, USA, January 8, 2018 – A scant 72 hours after their World Cup in Calgary, the mogul skiers converge at Deer Valley, Utah on January 10 and 11, 2018 for their second double program of the season. The venue is one of the preferred stops for Canadian athletes, who love the supercharged atmosphere. The course is known as a notoriously tough one on the FIS World Cup circuit, making a podium win especially meaningful to competitors.
Last season, Mikaël Kingsbury garnered a double win with a gold in both the single and dual contests. His teammates, Phillipe Marquis and Marc-Antoine Gagnon, also stepped on the podium: the former with a third-place finish (single) and the latter, who went head-to-head against Kingsbury in dual moguls, with the second place. On the women’s side, Justine Dufour-Lapointe earned silver in the single event while Andi Naude also finished second in dual moguls.
The aerial athletes, meanwhile, will compete on Friday, January 12, less than a week after the World Cup in Moscow. They will be given a few days to recover from jet lag before the start of training for the Visa Freestyle International Ski World Cup. This is the 20th year that the venue hosts international athletes at major events, among them the 2002 Olympic Games. The aerials contest will be held on the White Owl course and the finals start at 8:00 PM (ET).
Viewers can catch the single moguls event on January 10 on the Radio-Canada Sports website starting at 9:00 p.m. (ET). The following day, CBC Sports online will cover dual moguls starting at 9:00 p.m. (ET).
Mogul athletes competing in both events:
Men: Mikaël Kingsbury (Deux-Montagnes, Qc), Philippe Marquis (Quebec City, Qc), Marc-Antoine Gagnon (Terrebonne, Qc), Laurent Dumais (Quebec City, Qc), Gabriel Dufresne (Repentigny, Qc), Kerrian Chunlaud (Ste-Foy, Qc), Brendan Kelly (Pemberton, BC),
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)
Aerial athletes competing in this event:
Olivier Rochon (Gatineau, Qc), Lewis Irving (Quebec City, Qc), Catrine Lavallée (Montreal, Qc)
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