Canadian Philippe Langevin lands his 1st slopestyle World Cup medal
18-year-old scores silver in France; Canada's Megan Oldham cracks women's top 10
Canadian freestyle skier Philippe Langevin landed on the World Cup podium for the first time in his career as he came away with silver at the slopestyle competition in France on Saturday.
The Mont-Tremblant, Que., resident scored 90.27 on his second run to secure a spot on the podium.
"I can't believe it, it's insane," said Langevin, who's competing in his second season on the World Cup tour. "I wasn't expecting this to come so fast, so I'm super stoked.
"I felt really good out there, I was able to do what I had set out to do, so that's a good sign for upcoming races. The key now will be to recreate that as often as possible and to be as consistent as possible."
WATCH | Philippe Langevin earns his 1st World Cup medal:
Alexander Hall of the United States took gold with a best-run score of 92.11, while Andri Ragettli of Switzerland was third at 89.06.
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Max Moffatt was a personal-best sixth and Etienne Geoffroy-Gagnon 13th to round out the Canadians on the men's side.
Langevin was making his 10th World Cup start and ninth in slopestyle, dating back to August 2017.
The 18-year-old's previous best finish was 10th in Stubai, Austria, in November 2018.
Langevin placed 53rd at the same event in Font Romeu last season.
He was first in the 2017 Nor-Am overall standings as well as the 2017 Canada Cup standings.
WATCH | Switzerland's Sarah Hoefflin soars to top of podium:
In the women's competition, Megan Oldham finished ninth as the top Canadian. Fellow teammate Kim Lamarre did not start in the final.
Sarah Hoefflin of Switzerland took the top spot with a scored of 78.52, followed by American Eileen Gu at 78.03 and Swiss skier Giulia Tanno at 74.54.
WATCH | Full event of World Cup slopestyle in Font Romeu:
With files from The Canadian Press