Aerials: Canadian Rochon takes men’s title
With a ninth-place finish at the World Cup aerials finals, Canadian Olivier Rochon clinched the overall title and the Crystal Globe trophy for Canada today (March 17).
Dimitri Dashinski from Belarus won today’s competition with a score of 119.82, Hang Zhou of China was second at 114.81 and Oleksandr Abramenko of the Ukraine earned the bronze at 102.70.
Dylan Ferguson led the U.S. in fifth today while teammate Nevin Brown finished with a career-best eighth. Montreal’s Jean-Christophe André had his best finish of the season and was the top Canadian in sixth.
Ferguson finished the World Cup aerials season ranked fourth. Ferguson’s season was highlighted by two podium finishes; second place at Deer Valley, and a third place in Austria.
“I’m feeling good you know, actually I was pretty nervous this morning, it felt like my first jump of the season but I compete well under pressure,” said Rochon, who’s teammates have dubbed him ‘Ollywood’ for his ability to perform on demand. “And after that first jump I knew the hardest part was done. But we had two plans today: get enough points to get the Globe and maybe get a podium. I’m happy of course, but kind of feel uncompleted because I didn’t podium.”
It was a small touch down in his finals jump that cost Rochon the chance to earn some hardware here today.”
With his Globe, Rochon joins the auspicious ranks of high flying Canadian aerialists such as Steve Omischl, Nicolas Fontaine and Phil Laroche. It is the 20th time since 1980 that Canada has produced a Globe-winning member of the ‘Canadian Airforce’.
The women’s podium was a Chinese sweep with Mengtao Xu scoring 97.29, Shuang Cheng at 92.88 and Xin Zhang at 86.46.
No American or Canadian women competed today.
The ladies aerials Crystal Globe was awarded to Xu.
The FIS Mogul World Cup season wraps up tomorrow with the World Cup finals in Megeve, France.