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Canada's Lewis Irving lands 1st podium finish at World Cup aerials

Lewis Irving now has a podium finish to add to his resume after scoring a bronze medal in aerials at the World Cup event in Secret Garden, China, on Saturday.

22-year-old at a loss for words after coming away with bronze in China

Canada's Lewis Irving, shown in this 2016 file photo, notched his first-career World Cup medal in aerials on Saturday in China. (File/The Associated Press)

Canadian aerialist Lewis Irving now has a podium finish to add to his resume after scoring a bronze medal at the World Cup event in Secret Garden, China, on Saturday. 

The Quebec City native earned a score of 103.68 on his final run to secure third place. Zongyang Jia scored the top mark of 127.88 on home soil, while Maxim Gustik of Belarus was second at 117.26.

Lewis, who was crowned as the FIS aerial rookie of the year in 2016, hopes this bronze-medal performance is just the beginning.

Canadian freestyle aerialist finishes 3rd with a score of 103.68. 1:00

"It feels awesome," said Lewis. "This is my first podium, so hopefully more to come but it feels great. I'm kind of at a loss for words right now."

The 22-year-old also said this takes some weight off his shoulders for the rest of the season as he aims to qualify for the Olympics.

Furthermore, Lewis feels that the energy from the crowd made the moment even more special.

"For me personally I feel like it's a big confidence boost," Lewis said. "When you have a lot of people down there, I don't find that it's much of a stress factor ... [it] just adds a little bonus and helps to feel better with everything." 

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