Bronze medalist in the slopestyle event on Friday, Laurie Blouin came very close to climbing back on a podium at the X Games in Aspen on Sunday, placing fourth in the Big Air.
Due to weather conditions, Saturday’s snowboarding activities have been postponed by 24 hours in Colorado.
Laurie Blouin got off to a good start in her second event of the weekend by successfully completing her first two jumps to temporarily take second place. After landing poorly on her third jump, the Stoneham rider posted her best results of the day on her next two attempts with scores of 43 and 42 points, giving her a cumulative 85 points.
“I was a little surprised, I thought my last jump was going to earn me a few more points honestly. A double with two grabs, we had never really seen that in the girls, but it is a judged sport and that is life, ”Blouin told Sportcom.
Jamie Anderson won the first gold medal of his career at the Big Air of the X Games with 89 points. The American now has no less than 19 medals at this event, she who also won gold in slopestyle on Friday.
Japan’s Miyabi Onitsuka and New Zealander Zoi Sadowski-Synnott received silver and bronze respectively. While they both finished with 86 points, Onitsuka’s first jump, good for 47 points, separated the two medalists.
“I had no expectations and I was just happy to have the right to good conditions. Of course I was aiming for another podium, so I’m a little disappointed, but I’m still happy with what I accomplished. ”
A day to forget for Toutant
Eliminated from the Laax World Cup last week due to positive COVID-19 cases within the Canadian team, Sébastien Toutant also had to wait until Sunday before starting the men’s slopestyle.
Last year, the Repentignois broke his ribs in qualifying at Aspen.
The only Canadian among the ten participants, Toutant fell on the second jump of his routine on his three runs, leaving him the 10the and last place at the end of the event.
Only 17-year-old rookie Dusty Henricksen picked up his second gold of the weekend. He is the first representative of the United States to win the X Games slopestyle event since Shaun White in 2009.
The Norwegian Mons Roisland managed to reach the second step thanks to his last descent, while the Finn Rene Rinnekangas completed the podium.
A stressful situation
Earlier this week, Maxence Parrot decided to skip the competition, he who was to participate in the Big Air event. A first positive result for COVID-19 followed by another negative came to sow doubt in the Bromontois who preferred to play it safe and stay at home.
The pandemic is adding stress on the shoulders of athletes in action outside the country. It is for this reason that Laurie Blouin does not intend to leave Canada in the coming weeks, as freestyle skier Alex Beaulieu-Marchand indicated live from the airport on Sunday evening.
“It’s really stressful and it’s complicated to travel with the new measures taken for travelers. There is still a competition scheduled for the Czech Republic in March, but I just don’t want to leave the country anymore, ”she concluded.