Dylan Deschamps Secures First Career World Cup Big Air Gold Medal as Weather Forces Cancellation of Big Air Chur Freeski Finals
Calgary, Alberta – October 23, 2023
In a stunning turn of events at the Big Air Chur FIS Freeski World Cup, Mother Nature proved to be the ultimate decider as weather complications led to the cancellation of the Big Air finals. Serendipitously however, amid the disappointment of the canceled competition, Canada’s, Dylan Deschamps, emerged as the victor, securing his first career World Cup Big Air Gold Medal.
The Night Finals, scheduled for Friday Oct 20th, fell victim to heavy winds and rain that wreaked havoc on the venue overnight. The safety and fairness of the competition were paramount, and the organizers had no choice but to call off the Big Air finals. This resulted in the jury taking the decision to count the qualifications which were successfully completed the prior day, as the official result for the competition. It was in these qualifications that Dylan, participating in only his third career World Cup event, secured a spectacular victory for the Freestyle Canada Big Air Team.
Deschamps’ winning run featured a “switch left double cork 1620 mute” and earned him a remarkable score of 93.66. The victory was a testament to the future potential of the 20 year old Quebec City native.
Team Canada also had Etienne GEOFFROY GAGNON placing 11th and Jeremy Gagne in the 13th position, demonstrating the depth of talent within the Canadian freeskiing community.
Coach Sandy Boville expressed his enthusiasm for Dylan’s remarkable achievement, saying, “We’re very excited for Dylan and his first World Cup podium/win. He’s definitely shown the world that he’s ready to take on the best of the best. It’s unfortunate that the event didn’t go to plan, but sometimes that’s just how it goes. Dylan is a workhorse and has been grinding this offseason. He’s always the first one out the door in the morning and the last one still on the ski hill. Dylan’s hard work has definitely paid off!”
When asked for a comment, a jubilant Dylan Deschamps responded, “Yeah, I’m really happy about it, and yeah, I can’t wait for the next one! I was came in with the mindset to make the final and just do the best I can do, and yeah, that worked pretty well!”
The Freestyle Canada Big Air Team returns to action Dec 1-2nd 2023 in Beijing China.