(Stoneham, QC – February 26th 2012) The sun finally came out today for the inaugural World Cup Slopestyle event held at Stoneham. Twelve Canadians riders started the day in the semi-finals with eight making it all the way to the finals.
Jonathan Versteeg from Vernon, BC, was the top Canadian for the men with a second place finish making it to the World Cup podium for the first time in his career. “I pulled it together for my second run, the course got a little faster so I was going deeper in the landing which gave me extra points,” said Versteeg after his run. “It was my first start at a World Cup so winning the silver medal is a pretty big deal for me.”
Maxence Parrot from Bromont, QC, also made his debut on the World Cup podium with a 81.75 to take third place, his best results to date. “I’m very happy, it’s my first medal at a World Cup,” said Parrot. “My goal was to get the best result possible to improve my Canadian ranking, which I did.”
On the women’s side, a similar scenario came together with Brooke Voigt from Fort McMurray, AB, and Breanna Stangeland from Calgary, AB, coming in second and third respectively. “I put down my safety run and it’s really what you want a do so you can step it up for your second run. Unfortunately, I fell on my first jump and wasn’t able to improve, but that’s why you have a safety run,” said Voigt after the medal ceremony.
“I had a lot of pressure because I fell on my first run. I spent the last 10 minutes up there focusing and it came together. I ended up third and I’m super happy,” said Stangeland after her second run.