Marion Thénault earns aerials silver medal at World Cup freestyle ski event
Sherbrooke, Que., native performs double somersault with 3 twists on her final jump
Marion Thénault of Sherbrooke, Que., captured an aerials silver medal at a World Cup freestyle ski event Wednesday.
Thénault performed a double somersault with three twists on her final jump to earn 93.41 points. She stood first with one skier to go but China's Xu Mengtao captured the gold with 103.92 points.
"It was a day of emotional ups and downs," she said. "I had to keep fighting until the very end, but I'm super happy with my result.
"My objective for this year was to reach the podium, which I came close to doing in Finland at the beginning of the season. I ended up doing it today, and at home to boot! It wasn't my best day ever, but it was good enough. I just had to keep pushing. I adjusted my mindset and it paid off."
WATCH | Thénault's double somersault earns World Cup silver:
China's Fanyu Kong was third with 92.70 points.
Flavie Aumond of Lac-Beauport, Que., finished sixth with 72.21 points. Naomy Boudreau-Guertin of Boischatel, Que., and Justine Ally of Lac-Superieur, Que., were 11th and 12th, respectively.
Victor Primeau of Lac-Beauport and Quebec City's Alexandre Duchaine were 11th and 12th, respectively in the men's event.