Philippe Marquis got a nice surprise Wednesday evening. The 24 year-old freestyle skier learned that he will be representing Canada in the mogul events in Sochi.
The Quebec City native replaces Alberta’s Megan Gunning who unfortunately suffered a knee injury while attempting to qualify for the X Games this week in Aspen, Colorado.
Finishing 8th at Val St. Côme, Philippe Marquis had just missed out on qualifying for the Games by one spot.
Marquis already has five podium appearances on the World Cup circuit, including a gold medal he won in 2012 in Ares. However, it’s his third place finish in 2013 that is most interesting. The mogul skier actually earned the bronze at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park in Sochi, the very location where the mogul events will be taking place during the Olympics.
Marquis is already on his way to Tignes, where he will take part in the pre-Olympic Games camp with the rest of the Canadian free-style ski delegation. As such, he is following in the footsteps of his big brother Vincent, who represented Canada in moguls at Vancouver 2010.