Under the watchful eyes of a roaring crowd, the World Cup Freestyle Aerials event at Lac-Beauport delivered an exhilarating spectacle on Saturday and Sunday. In a breathtaking display of skill and courage, Winter Vinecki of the USA clinched the gold in the Women’s Aerials on Sunday, with Chen Meiting of China and Danielle Scott of Australia following closely behind.
A Weekend of Triumphs and Trials
The previous day, Karenna Elliott of the USA etched her name in the history books, securing her first World Cup victory in the Women’s Aerials. She executed a flawless Full double Full in the super final, leaving the audience in awe. Scott of Australia claimed the silver, reclaiming the yellow World Cup leader bib, while Marion Thenault of Canada proudly took the bronze.
The Men’s Aerials on Saturday witnessed Qi Guangpu of China, the reigning Olympic Champion, dominating the competition with a Full double Full Full, earning his 16th career World Cup victory. Wang Xindi of China took the silver, and Emile Nadeau of Canada finished third, securing a spot on the podium.
Canadian Pride on Full Display
Marion Thénault of Sherbrooke, Quebec, made her nation proud by clinching the bronze medal in the women’s competition. Showcasing her prowess, Thénault scored 83.19 points for her Full double Full. Emile Nadeau of Prévost, Quebec, echoed her success with a bronze medal in the men’s category, earning 105.30 points with his Full-Full-Full.
Other notable Canadian athletes who made it to the finals included Rosalie Gagnon, Charlie Fontaine, Lewis Irving, Alexandre Duchaine, Miha Fontaine, and Anthony Noel. The aerials action is set to continue on Sunday with qualifications and finals.
A Glorious Battle for the Coveted Title
In the Women’s Aerials on Sunday, Vinecki of the USA scored 94.14 points, narrowly edging out Chen of China, who scored 93.64 points. Scott of Australia claimed the bronze with 89.22 points.
The Mixed’s Aerials Synchro and Mixed’s Aerials Team events on Saturday were cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. Despite the setback, the spirit of the World Cup Freestyle Aerials event remained undeterred, with athletes and spectators alike eagerly looking forward to future competitions.
As the sun sets on another thrilling weekend of aerial acrobatics at Lac-Beauport, the world bears witness to the indomitable spirit and skill of these athletes. Their daring performances have left an indelible mark on the global stage, reminding us all that with passion and determination, the sky is truly the limit.