Marion Thenault of Canada warms up prior to competing in the freestyle skiing women’s aerials final 1 during the Beijing Winter Olympic Games, in Zhangjiakou, China, Monday, Feb. 14, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean KilpatrickTHE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Marion Thénault soars to silver, Lewis Irving claims bronze

Two Canadian aerial skiers opened the FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup by landing on the podium in Ruka, Finland. This year marks the 13th consecutive time the season has began in the far north of Finland under the lights in Ruka.

Marion Thénault posted a score of 90.59 in aerials points to win the silver medal in the women’s competition. She finished well ahead of Kazakhstan’s Zhanbota Aldabergenova (80.04). Only Australian Danielle Scott scored higher than the Canadian, taking the top prize with 99.05 points.

This is Thénault’s fourth career podium on the World Cup circuit.

Fellow Canadian Flavie Aumond finished in 10th position.

With a score of 109.29 in the men’s event, Lewis Irving secured the bronze medal for his seventh World Cup medal. He finished behind a pair of Swiss skiers, Pirmin Werner (126.24) and Noe Roth (123.98).

Canadian Alexandre Duchaine landed just off the podium in fourth position and Emile Nadeau finished in seventh.

At Beijing 2022, Thénault and Irving teamed up with Miha Fontain to win a bronze medal in the inaugural Olympic mixed team aerials event. It was Canada’s first Olympic medal in any aerials event in 20 years.