Justine Dufour-Lapointe, center and sister Chloe, left, celebrate on the podium after the women’s moguls during the World Cup in Deer Valley, Utah. on Feb. 4, 2016.
Canadians continued their medal haul this weekend, as they fought for hardware in a couple of combat sports and topped winter World Cup podiums.
There were even three Canadians who were doubly golden on the World Cup circuits!
Freestyle Skiing – Moguls
Justine Dufour-Lapointe added two more World Cup wins to her season, after taking the women’s moguls and dual moguls this weekend. Mikaël Kingsbury and Chloé Dufour-Lapointe also landed on the moguls podium, finishing second and third respectively. Justine and Mikaël also continue to lead the World Cup moguls standings.
Freestyle Skiing – Aerials
Aerialist Olivier Rochon claimed his first FIS World Cup podium in more than three years after finishing second in Deer Valley, Utah on Thursday. This was the Canadian’s best result after suffering a knee injury in December 2013 that caused him to miss Sochi 2014 and kept him out of competition for a year.
Short Track Speed Skating
Canada earned seven ISU World Cup medals over the weekend in Dresden, Germany. The team was led by Olympians Marianne St-Gelais and Charles Hamelin who were each double gold medallists in the 500m and 1000m races. Charle Cournoyer won bronze in the 500m and Alexander Fathoullin finished second in the 1500m. Hamelin, Cournoyer, Fathoullin and Samuel Girard also won silver in the 5000m relay.
Kaillie Humphries and Melissa Lotholz won bronze for their seventh BMW IBSF World Cup medal of the season on Saturday morning in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Humphries currently leads the World Cup standings in women’s bobsleigh and will look to finish the World Cup circuit on top in Königssee, Germany on February 26.
Sébastien Toutant won his first big air gold medal of the season at Air and Style in Innshbruck, Austria. The Canadian landed a BS Triple Cork 1440 to win with a score of 178.00, beating Norwegians Marcus Kleveland (168.99) and Torgeir bergrem (167.32).
Kyle Reyes finished second in the men’s 100kg division at the Paris Grand Slam on Sunday. After winning his first five matches the Canadian was defeated in the final by France’s Cyrille Maret, who claimed his third straight Grand Slam title. It is the third Grand Slam medal of Reyes’ career, putting him 20th in the world rankings. The points earned will be valuable towards Olympic qualification, with the top 22 in each men’s weight class on May 30 earning tickets to Rio.
Over the weekend Canadians won four medals at the US Open in Nevada, Texas. Marc-André Bergeron led the team after he grabbed silver in the under-87kg division on Thursday night. Canada’s next medals were all bronze won by Cédric Genest (54kg), Ashley Kraayeveld (62 kg) and Camille Dallaire-Leblanc (49 kg). The Canadians continue to prepare for the Olympic qualifying tournament in March, but first they’ll fight on home soil next weekend, at the Canada Open in Montreal.
On the LGPA tour, Brooke Henderson finished second at the Coates Golf Championship in Ocala, Florida on Saturday. After this weekend’s performance the Canadian is projected to jump into 11th place from 17th in Women’s World Golf Rankings.
The Canadian women faced a difficult 3-2 loss to Belarus at the Fed Cup in Quebec City. At the end of Day One the score was tied one-all, after Aleksandra Wozniak won her first match against Olga Govortsova and Françoise Abanda fell to Aliaksandra Sasnovich. On Day Two Abanda took her shot at redemption and beat Govortsova to put Canada up 2-1. In the final two matches neither Wozniak nor doubles team Gabriela Dabrowski and Carol Zhao could match the players from Belarus, who won the Fed Cup stop in Canada.
Canada’s men’s rugby team won the bowl title at the Sydney Sevens tournament on Saturday after they defeated Samoa 17-12. Pat Kay and Nathan Hirayama touched down in the Samoan end to put the points on the board for Canada.