For the very first time in his World Cup career, Arnaud Gaudet managed to make his way to the quarter-finals, which gave him the sixth place in the parallel slalom event presented on Saturday in Moscow, in Russia.
Proud of his accomplishment, the 20-year-old could hardly hide his joy at the end of the competition. “I’m pretty happy! This is my first top 16 this season and on top of that, I made it through a playoff round for the first time, so I couldn’t ask for better, ”he said with a smile in his voice.
Seventh at the end of the qualifications, Gaudet then managed to defeat the South Korean Sangho Lee in the round of 16. The Montclam snowboarder finally admitted defeat in the next round, facing the Italian Edwin Coratti, a possible bronze medalist.
“It went really well in qualifying and I had a very good first playoff run. On the other hand, I lacked speed on the flat in the quarter-finals and I was not able to catch up with Edwin [Coratti]. I watched the recovery and he had an impeccable race, so I had no real chance to join him, ”said the man who had won bronze in the giant slalom in parallel with the World Junior Championships in December.
Arnaud Gaudet will therefore leave the Russian capital with the best result of his career in the World Cup. A performance that would not have been possible without all the hard work done in training over the past few weeks.
“I had a difficult start to the season and I’m really happy to bounce back today (Saturday). I have trained a lot recently and have really gained confidence. When I got here, I was ready to rip it all off! ”
Russian Dmitriy Karlagachev defeated Slovenian Zan Cosir in the grand final to claim his first international victory.
For their part, Jules Lefebvre and Sébastien Beaulieu took the 26e and 36e rungs, respectively.
Even if he could not reach the elimination phase reserved for the best 16 athletes, Lefebvre was all in all satisfied with his performance. “I’m happy to have scored a few points despite difficult conditions, but I see that I still have work to do to raise my level in slalom and to reach the finals,” said the Montrealer.
“I’ve been having problems in slalom for a while. I had a good top of the course, but I made a big mistake at the bottom and that is not forgiving on this kind of course, ”commented Beaulieu.
The surfers of the Canadian team will resume the action next weekend, on the occasion of the World Cup in Lake Bannoye (Russia).