It was one of the most awaited stops on the FIS Freestyle World Cup calendar this season. One year out from the 2018 Olympic Games, mogul athletes had the opportunity this weekend to compete on the site that will be hosting the largest sporting event on the planet next year and they confirmed that they are ready.
Four Canadians, including Penticton’s Andi Naude, stepped on the podium in Bokwang, Korea.
On the ladies side, Justine Dufour-Lapointe finished second, closely followed by teammate Naude who took third place. Naude was thrilled to have landed her back full on the first jump and to have skied on the Olympic run.
“It is huge for me to have had the opportunity to ski here, and to be on the podium! I couldn’t be happier,” said Naude in a press release.
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Naude said she was psyched to be able to do one of her most difficult tricks and being able to do that on an Olympic course is unbelievable for her.
On the men’s side, athletes had to wait until the very last minute to find out who was the big winner. The victory finally went to Mikaël Kingsbury with a slim margin of 0.01 over his closest rival. Philippe Marquis finished third, thus collecting his second consecutive medal of the season.