An extraordinary day of premier freestyle skiing unfolds at Le Relais, Quebec
Calgary, AB – In a thrilling display of skill and determination, Canadian freestyle skiers Marion Thénault and Emile Nadeau clinched the bronze at the FIS Freestyle Aerials World Cup held at Lac-Beauport’s Le Relais on Saturday, February 10.
Following the high-octane freestyle spectacle at Deer Valley last week, the FIS Freestyle Aerials World Cup tour resumed at Le Relais. The ski resort, located a mere 15 minutes from Quebec City, hosted the tour for the third consecutive year, continuing the tradition since its World Cup revival in 2022.
Despite intermittent rain showers, Saturday’s competition showcased the world’s finest aerial skiing on a meticulously prepared venue, drawing the applause of thousands of enthusiastic fans in attendance. The event lived up to expectations, proving the resilience of both athletes and organizers.
Canadian favorite Marion Thénault soared to success, claiming the third spot on the women’s podium with a remarkable score of 83.19 points for her Full double Full. This marked Thénault’s third podium finish at her home event, cementing her status as a rising star in freestyle skiing.
Emile Nadeau, another Canadian sensation, disrupted the potential Chinese podium sweep by securing the third position in the men’s category. Nadeau exhibited masterful skill with his Full-Full-Full, opting for a less risky maneuver under challenging conditions. His flawless execution earned him 105.30 points, marking his second World Cup podium finish.
Joining Thénault in the finals were Rosalie Gagnon and Charlie Fontaine, who finished 10th and 12th respectively. On the men’s side, Lewis Irving, Alexandre Duchaine, Miha Fontaine, and Anthony Noel put up strong performances, finishing 6th, 9th, 11th, and 12th.
As the excitement continues to build, the aerials action at Lac-Beauport will resume on Sunday. Women’s qualifications are set to start at 9:15 EST, followed by the men’s qualifications at 11:30, with the finals scheduled to begin at 13:45. Fans can expect another day of intense competition and awe-inspiring feats as the world’s best freestyle skiers vie for victory on the slopes of Le Relais.