Duchaine Illuminates White Owl Amid Challenging Conditions at FIS Freestyle World Cup
Calgary, AB – February 3, 2024
The second day of the FIS Freestyle World Cup at Deer Valley turned into a showcase of resilience and outstanding performances as athletes navigated through challenging weather conditions. The iconic White Owl venue, known for its breathtaking aerial displays, faced an unexpected twist as heavy snowfall forced organizers to adapt the competition format to ensure the safety of the participants.
Originally planned as a day of triple jumps, the adverse weather conditions prompted a shift to a ‘doubles only’ format, making it a historic first for the White Owl venue. Athletes had to quickly adjust to the change, with seasoned World Cup leaders finding themselves challenged to showcase their skills in this modified setting.
Amidst the snow-covered landscape, it was 19-year-old Alexandre Duchaine from Canada who seized the opportunity to shine. Leading the preliminary round and then delivering a mesmerizing performance in the finals, Duchaine displayed unparalleled agility and skill. Executing a complex double Full – double Full, a trick he hadn’t attempted in over two years, Duchaine secured his first World Cup podium and claimed the winner’s title.
The unexpected shift in format brought surprises and thrills, allowing rising athletes to make their mark with double flips. Canadian athletes Emile Nadeau finished 9th in the male final, while Marion Thenault claimed the 12th spot, demonstrating their adaptability and determination in the face of challenging conditions.
As the FIS Freestyle World Cup at Deer Valley continues, anticipation is building for an electrifying conclusion with the dual moguls competition scheduled on the iconic Champion Run this Saturday. Ski enthusiasts can look forward to another day of unparalleled action as athletes aim to conquer the slopes and leave their mark on this unique edition of the competition.