Canadian free skiers made another big impression in the men’s and women’s single mogul competitions on Saturday at the FIS World Cup in Japan. The mogulists landed three podium spots taking two silvers and a bronze. There were 4 Canadians in the top 10 rankings for the Ladies’ Moguls and 2 Canadians in the top 5 rankings for the Men’s Moguls.
Quebec’s Mikael Kingsbury placed second in Men’s, just 0.05 total points behind American first place finisher Bradley Wilson. Philippe Marquis also from Quebec placed 5th overall.
The Women’s results saw a lot more maple leafs. Chloe Dufour-Lapointe was the only sister of three to compete in the finals and earned Silver ahead of her sister Maxime in 7th place and Justine in 15th. Teammate Audrey Robichaud walked away with Bronze.
Andi Naude from Penticton, British Columbia is one to watch. The 20-year-old placed fifth in the event with a 74.96 score. The 2012 Nor-Am Grand Prix Winner and 2013 FIS World Cup Rookie of the Year is competing with renewed determination after failing to make the 2014 Olympic team. The young athlete cited her biggest challenge as “devastating, but I have learned a lot from the whole experience”.
By Amar Mirchandani @amarmirch