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Deer Valley World Cup Jumping: Miha Fontaine and Émile Nadeau rebound brilliantly

Discarded from the final at home, last Wednesday at the Relais, Miha Fontaine and Émile Nadeau rebounded brilliantly, Wednesday at the Deer Valley Jumping World Cup, to take a serious option on participating in the Beijing Olympics.

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Nadeau and Fontaine respectively finished in 5e and 6e position in the super final. “I remember what happened to Olivier Rochon a few years ago and I take nothing for granted, but Miha took a very good option on participating in the Games,” said Quebec team coach Nicolas. Fountain. With its 6e place, he signs a second Top 8 this season, which allows him to move up the standings of the Canadian freestyle ski team and climb in category. ”

“He’s gone from three Top 16s over the past two seasons to two Top 8s in 2021-2022. We’re going to watch carefully what’s going to happen in moguls, Thursday and Friday, but it’s looking very good.”


Deer Valley World Cup Jumping: Miha Fontaine and Émile Nadeau rebound brilliantly

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Emile Nadeau of Team Canada performs a qualifying race for men’s aerials during the Intermountain Healthcare International Freestyle Skiing World Cup at Deer Valley Resort on January 12, 2022 in Park City, Utah.

The selection period ends on January 16. A total of 30 athletes from the five disciplines of freestyle skiing will be selected. A maximum of four athletes per discipline and per gender will be chosen.

Fontaine pulled off an incredible jump in the first final scoring 125.25 to finish first. “He got a perfect score and you hardly ever see that,” said the father. The last jumper to have achieved this feat in Deer Valley is the Canadian Warren Shouldice who had won the world championship in 2011. It was impressive especially that Emile had achieved an excellent jump just before him and Miha had the pressure to do well. . “

The young man who celebrated his 18th birthday barely a week ago was floating on a cloud. “This jump made my day,” he summed up. My head was gone in the super final. I had nothing to lose even though I believed in my chances of winning bronze. It’s the first time I’ve started last since hopping on the NorAm circuit and I wasn’t focused. ”

“It’s not official that I’m competing in the Olympics, but I increased my chances a lot,” continued Fontaine, who landed his perilous triple with two spins for the first time in his competitive career. My dream has always been to participate in the Games, but not in 2022. Until four years ago, I was competing in the provinces. Today (yesterday) I left the last for the first time in my World Cup career. I have evolved a lot. ”


Deer Valley World Cup Jumping: Miha Fontaine and Émile Nadeau rebound brilliantly

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The skier Miha Fontaine

Nadeau in good posture

Like his boyfriend Miha, Nadeau finds himself in a good position to get his ticket to Beijing. “With his three Top 16s, Émile has a very good chance of being chosen,” said the coach of the Quebec freestyle ski team. He was in 25th place out of the 30 athletes who will be selected and his performance will allow him a few places. It has 4e, 5e and 9e position to his credit and that looks very good. “

Nadeau gave himself a whole festive gift, he who will celebrate his 18the birthday today. I wanted to achieve a Top 8 before the end of the Olympic trials and I really can’t ask for better. I did two good jumps before having fun in the super final. Due to an ankle injury on Tuesday, I missed my big jump in morning training. I saved it for qualifying and had my best score ever. I will take a few days off before starting the final preparation camp. ”


Deer Valley World Cup Jumping: Miha Fontaine and Émile Nadeau rebound brilliantly

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Emile Nadeau of Team Canada performs a qualifying race for men’s aerials during the Intermountain Healthcare International Freestyle Skiing World Cup at Deer Valley Resort on January 12, 2022 in Park City, Utah.

Flavie Gaumond has also taken a big step towards Beijing. Qualified for her first career super final at the Relais, Gaumond did it again yesterday, finishing in 5e square. “I had my best score ever in qualifying with 90.09 points and I was really happy to finish in 2e rank, she stressed. I really increased my chances for the Games. ” Gaumond took 4th place in the final with a score of 87.57.

Fontaine is thrilled by the services of his protégés. “We had one or two athletes, but we now have a team,” summed up the former world champion. We knew we had the best juniors in the world, but they didn’t have the chance to prove it due to the cancellation of the world championship. We saw today (yesterday) that they are very strong. “

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