Marion Thénault Dominates Qualifications at Lac-Beauport World Cup Jumping

Sherbrookoise Marion Thénault Tops Qualifying Round in Lac-Beauport’s World Cup Free Skiing

Marion Thénault, hailing from Sherbrooke, managed to come out on top in the qualifying round of the Lac-Beauport World Cup ski jumping competition.

The skier who recently took home a bronze team medal from the Beijing Olympics scored the high mark of the morning at Le Relais Ski Centre. Thénault thrilled with her double backflip adorned with twin twists, racking up a score of 90.94.

Having suffered a significant fall during the first two World Cup events of the season from which she’s still recovering, Thénault shared earlier this week that she would restrain herself to double maneuvers. She believed this strategy would offer her the best chance to qualify for the finale and even the super finale.

Safe to say, her strategy was successful in the first stride.

Thénault, who currently sits third in the crystal globe standings, managed to outstrip the Australian Danielle Scott (with a score of 86.62), who ranks above her in the usual rankings. Kaila Kuhn from the USA rounded up the top three with a score of 76.86.

Of the four Canadian skiers participating, three have made it to the final round of competition which will see 12 skiers go head-to-head. Charlie Fontaine placed tenth, obtaining 64.74 points, while Rosalie Gagnon edged in at the final spot with 61.10 points.

The standout moment of the day perhaps came from American competitor Winter Vinecki. In a surprising turnaround, Vinecki, who was the initial frontrunner, experienced a fall upon landing and ended up in the eleventh position. This is anticipated to majorly influence the overall standings.

The competition continues next with the men’s qualifiers. Leading the pack from Canada is Alexandre Duchaine, currently holding fourth place in the World Cup standings. He spearheads a team of nine jumpers, including Miha Fontaine and Lewis Irving, who were teammates to Thénault at the recent Olympic team competition, and Émile Nadeau.

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