Max Moffatt grabs his ski while performing a mid air trickPhoto by Leah Hennel/COC
Photo by Leah Hennel/COC

Brearley, Spalding & Moffatt hit slopestyle podiums in Laax, Switzerland

A day after Liam Brearley and Cameron Spalding claimed gold and bronze, respectively, at the FIS Snowboard World Cup slopestyle event, freestyle skiers hit the slopes at the Laax Open. Team Canada’s Max Moffatt offered a solid performance to collect the bronze medal at the FIS Freeski Slopestyle event.

The 25-year-old Canadian posted a score of 85.91 points during his second run to reach the third step of the podium. He finished behind gold medallist Birk Ruud of Norway (87.01) and American Mac Forehand (86.28) who secured the silver medal.

Moffatt secured a good score on his first run (81.63), which provisionally placed him in second place behind Ruud. While several competitors improved their score on their last attempt, Forehand did enough to move the Canadian back one position.

Canadian teammate Mark Hendrickson finished in ninth position with a score of 68.56.

With this result, Moffatt occupies fifth place in the general classification of the discipline, behind Canada’s Evan McEachran.

Brearley wins first World Cup slopestyle in Laax, Switzerland

Previously on Saturday, Canadian men took two spots on the podium at the FIS Snowboard World Cup slopestyle event in Laax, Switzerland. Liam Brearley and Cameron Spalding claimed gold and bronze, respectively. 

Brearley, a native of Gravenhurst, Ontario, scored 89.93 points on his run to capture his first career World Cup win as the 20-year-old built on his previous podium haul of two second-place finishes and a third-place finish.

His first World Cup victory also comes nearly four years, exactly since he won three medals at the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games, where he hit the podium in each halfpipe, slopestyle and big air.

Aoto Kawakami JPN (left, Silver medal), Ryoma Kimata JPN (centre, Gold medal) and Liam Brearley CAN (right, Bronze medal) at the Medal Ceremony for the Snowboarding Men’s Big Air at Leysin Park. The Winter Youth Olympic Games, Lausanne, Switzerland, Wednesday 22 January 2020. Photo: OIS/Ben Queenborough. Handout image supplied by OIS/IOC.

Meanwhile, Spalding, hailing from Havelock, Ontario, rounded out the podium with 83.90 points, finishing just behind Japanese rider Ryoma Kimata, who claimed second with a score of 85.31. 

Frank Jobin narrowly missed the podium, finishing with 78.36 points, good for fourth place behind his two podium teammates. 

The trio in the top five weren’t the only Canadians to reach Saturday’s final; however, Nicolas Laframboise posted a score of 69.3, finishing 16th among the athletes who qualified for the final. 

On the women’s side, Laurie Blouin finished sixth in slopestyle with a final score of 59.05 points, 20.48 points short of the final podium spot held by Austria’s Anna Gasser. American Julia Marino captured the top spot in the competition, while Germany’s Annika Morgan finished second. 

Athletes took to the halfpipe under the lights later in the day, with Calgary’s Liam Gill leading Team Canada on the men’s side with an eighth-place finish, while no Canadian women qualified for their event’s final.