Oldham, Asselin hits new highs in the big air as Canadians win gold and bronze medals
DONG MOUNT, Colo. –
Megan Oldham claimed her first major aerial victory and Olivia Asselin her first World Cup medal as Canada won gold and bronze on Friday.
Oldham, from Parry Sound, Ont., had a strong first downhill, earning 89.00 points, she added another 87.00 on her second run with a cumulative score of 176, 00.
“I didn’t expect it,” Oldham said. “I was mostly focused on landing my jumps and I was hoping for good weather, which we got.
“I’m glad I ended up with both feet on the podium.”
Switzerland’s Mathilde Gremaud earned 84.00 points in the final run for a total of 172.00, which is good for silver.
Because all of her opponents completed three jumps before she finally landed, Oldham was assured of her victory.
“It’s crazy. It’s a ‘victory lap!’ My first! It feels great to be at the top, deciding what I want to do. I really enjoy the moment,” said Oldham, who currently holds third place in the rankings. overall, said.
It was Oldham’s sixth medal in a World Cup competition, and her first in the big air.
Asselin, from Levis, Que., earned 83.50 and 85.50 points for her runs, for a total of 169.00 for bronze.
“Things didn’t go well in practice, so my expectations were low, but I hit some great jumps in the final, so I’m really happy,” Asselin said.
Rylee Hackler of Calgary placed 14th in qualifying.
There were no Canadians in the men’s major aerial final. Ottawa’s Noah Porter MacLennan was the top Canadian at 15th. Alexander Henderson (Apex, BC), Max Moffatt (Caledon, Ont.) and Evan McEachran (Oakville, Ont.) came in 31st, 33rd and 39th respectively. .
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on December 16, 2022.