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Shouldice, Guerin win Canadian freestyle titles
Warren Shouldice of Calgary and Sabrina Guerin of Laval, Que., captured their first national aerials titles at the Canadian freestyle ski championships Saturday. Jonathan Vellner of Red Deer took the silver with 196.35, while Travis Gerrits of Milton, Ont., won bronze with 192.99.

Shouldice, Guerin win Canadian freestyle titles

Posted:Mar 26, 2011 7:58 PM ET

Last Updated:Mar 26, 2011 7:51 PM ET

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Red Deer's Jonathan Vellner, left, got second place, while Calgary's Warren Shouldice, centre, took home first place and Milton's Travis Gerrits came in third. ((Mike Ridewood/Canadian Press) )

Warren Shouldice of Calgary and Sabrina Guerin of Laval, Que., captured their first national aerials titles at the Canadian freestyle ski championships Saturday.

Shouldice, the reigning world champion and a national team veteran, scored 206.91 points to cap a strong season. Jonathan Vellner of Red Deer took the silver with 196.35, while Travis Gerrits of Milton, Ont., won bronze with 192.99.

"I've always joked about being the greatest Canadian aerialist to never win nationals, so I guess that dream will now go unfulfilled," Shouldice joked afterward.

Guerin scored 129.46 to take the women's gold, despite struggling on her first jump of two when strong headwinds slowed her down. She rebounded with a strong second jump, to give her the victory.

Maude Potvin-Gilbert, a 19-year-old rookie from Gatineau, Que., earned the silver.

Shouldice now heads home for a few months of strength training and conditioning before he hits the water ramps in Lac Beauport, Que., for summer training. He said at 28 years old, his body can't handle as many summer jumps as it once could.

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