Photo: Christof Stache Agence France-Presse
Silver medalist in slopestyle in the last olympic Games, Laurie Blouin won the gold medal in his first X-Games last week in Aspen.
Laurie Blouin has his head in the clouds since winning the gold medal in Big Air at its first participation in career X-Games in Aspen, Colorado, last week. In every sense of the term.
Blouin, Stoneham-et-Tewkesbury, in the suburbs of Quebec city, said Wednesday that it had not yet been fully clarified his victory in the most prestigious competition — at least for the riders of the four corners of the world.
“I don’t realize it too much yet. Sometimes, I think back to what happened and I say to myself : “O. K., I won a gold medal at the X Games. It’s pretty amazing !” […] I thought that after the olympic Games in 2018, I was going to have a season a little more “easy”, but ultimately no, it’s very similar, ” she confided, laughing.
In addition, on the way home from Aspen, his spouse, and she had the head elsewhere, to such an extent that they… missed their flight back to Quebec. As a result, they have found themselves mired in a multitude of adventures before reaching their home.
“We drove for an hour in the wrong direction, she told asserted and burst out laughing. Then, returning on our steps, we found ourselves in a traffic jam caused by an accident. It was certain that we were going to miss our vol Then we would have been able to take a flight to Toronto, but I didn’t want to stay stuck with the weather. So we landed in Montreal yesterday afternoon, we rented a car and drove up to the house yesterday evening. “
Seventh on eight
At the competition in Aspen, the athlete 22-year-old has obtained a cumulative score of 77,00 points, after running a “Cab Double Underflip 900″ and a ” Frontside 900 “. It has moved ahead of the new Zealand Zoi Sadowski-Synnott, and American Jamie Anderson in order.
Blouin continued the next day by finishing seventh, out of eight contestants, in the event of slopestyle — however, his specialty. Questioned on the issue of whether she had put the emphasis on the Big Air training, in order to improve in this discipline, the main interested swears that it has not been the case.
“I don’t know why it unlocks in Big Air. Me too I was expecting to get a better result in slopestyle, but it has not happened. That day, things were going really well [Big Air], it was crazy. That being said, I think that to have developed the consistency of my “Frontside 900” helped a lot — it is a difficult thing to accomplish regularly. “
The young woman will not have time to rest because she will have to start as early as Sunday to the Utah, which will host the world Championships of snowboarding in Deer Valley from the 1st to the 10th of February.
Blouin will attempt to defend his title acquired in slopestyle at the world Championships of snowboarding in 2017 in Sierra Nevada, Spain. An audacious goal that does not seem to be of great concern to measurement.
“This is not a source of stress, she assured. I think of it, but I’m going to go in approaching this competition like all others, that is to say, have fun in the process. Then, it will happen “, she said, with a touch of recklessness.
Blouin has also confided that she plans to use a game plan similar to the one it has applied in Big Air at the X Games in order to win another medal at the World championships.
The ” Cab Double Underflip 900 “
“It is sure and certain that I am going to redo my first manoeuvre [the “Cab Double Underflip 900”], but the second may be different, she entrusted. Everything will depend on the jump, weather conditions as well as the result of my first operation. But, I do want to say, I am not a “weather freak”. “
The snowboarder dream of course of a gold medal in Big Air, but also another in slopestyle.
“Yes, I believe that it is possible. I think I have the maneuvers and capabilities to, at a minimum, to be on the podium in both disciplines, ” said Quebec, which was also shown last winter in winning the silver medal in slopestyle at the olympic Games in Pyeongchang.
Kingsbury, Blouin and their fellow canadians will confront the World
In addition to Laurie Blouin, almost 60 canadian athletes, including the plodder Mikaël Kingsbury, will take over Park City and Deer Valley in the framework of the world Championships of freestyle skiing and snowboarding, which will take place from the 1st to the 10th of February.
Among the canadian olympic champions that will be present in Utah are the bosseurs Kingsbury, of deux-Montagnes, and Justine Dufour-Lapointe, of Montreal, as well as the athletes in ski cross, Brady Leman, of Calgary, Kelsey Serwa, of Kelowna, b.c. and Marielle Thompson of North Vancouver. The snowboarder Jasey Jay Anderson of Mont-Tremblant, man shall covet a fifth world title in the slalom.
The snowboarder Max Parrot, silver medalist in slopestyle at the Games in Pyeongchang, will shine by its absence since it fight against a rare form of cancer. The skier Dara Howell, olympic champion in slopestyle, Sochi 2014, will also be absent after being operated on to repair a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament of a knee.
In addition, the event Big Air in freestyle skiing will make its entry in the program of the World. Alex Beaulieu-Marchand of Quebec city, was awarded the silver medal in this discipline at Aspen, while Cassie Sharpe from Comox, b.c., was awarded the gold half-moon and her compatriot Rachael Karker, Erin, Ontario, earned the bronze.
Sharpe will try to continue its momentum. If we add to his victory in the olympic Games in Pyeongchang, it would, therefore, that a title in a half-moon at the World championships to establish itself as the favorite in this event. “If there is a list of feats to get to know a sensational career, so a victory at the world Championships is part of it,” said Sharpe to The canadian Press.
The World of freestyle skiing and snowboarding will be the biggest competition since the olympic Games in Pyeongchang, where the harvest had a combined 11 medals for Canada in these two subjects has equaled that of the United States.