Apr 20, 2012
(Vancouver, BC) The 2011-2012 season was a record year for Canada~Snowboard. The dual podium machines of Maltais and Ricker, along with the addition of Slopestyle to the High Performance Program were key factors in a season to remember for the National Sport Organization.
• 15 FIS World Cup podiums (5x Gold, 5x Silver, 5x Bronze)
• 11 TTR (5/6 STAR) podiums (7x Gold, 3x Silver, 1x Bronze)
• 7 Winter X-Games podiums (3x Gold, 2x Sliver, 2x Bronze)
• 6 Winter Dew Tour podiums (3x Gold, 2x Silver, 1x Bronze)
• 2 Youth Olympic Games podiums (2x Gold)
As expected, the Snowboardcross team had another strong year in 2012. Dominique Maltais from Petite-Rivière-St-François, QC, was a contender in every race she entered. Maltais took home four World Cup medals and a gold medal at the Winter X-Games. In addition, Maltais won her third career Crystal Globe. Maëlle Ricker from Squamish, BC, had an incredible comeback year with two late season World Cup victories. Ricker made a charge for the Crystal Globe but ultimately came up just short of Maltais. Ricker’s return to winning form after a shoulder injury was an inspiration to the team and resulted in Ricker being named the inaugural recipient of the Auclair Team Spirit Award.
The addition of Slopestyle to the High Performance Program was a huge success for Canada~Snowboard. Canada, already a world leader in the sport, took it to another level in 2012 following last year’s announcement that Slopestyle would debut at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games. Slopestlye athlete Sebastien Toutant from Montréal, QC, led the way with an impressive podium filled campaign. Toutant finished the season as the 2012 Dew Tour champion, the TTR Slopestyle world champion and the Burton Global Open series champion. The extremely talented Mark McMorris from Regina, SK, also had a strong showing in 2012, winning double gold at the Winter X-Games in Big Air and Slopestyle. To top it off, Canada won two gold medals in Slopestyle at the first ever Youth Olympic Games, a silver medal at the FIS Junior World Championships and a gold medal at the TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival in Whistler, BC.
On the women’s side, Spencer O’Brien from North Vancouver, BC, proved she is capable of dominating the sport. O’Brien’s dedication to off-season training, combined with her natural talents paid off with big time results in 2012. O’Brien finished the year as the TTR Slopestyle world champion, the Dew Tour champion and the winner of the O’Neill Evolution in Davos, Switzerland.
In PGS, Caroline Calvé from Aylmer, QC, made history at the World Cup in Carezza, Italy, becoming the first Canadian woman to win a gold medal in Parallel Giant Slalom. Calve also won the Canadian National Championship title in PGS. On the men’s side, Jasey-Jay Anderson from Mont-Tremblant, QC, came-out of retirement to work towards defending his Olympic gold medal in Sochi. Anderson showed promise by steadily improving throughout the season and winning the Canadian National PGS Championship. Matthew Morison from Burketon, ON, also had a good season with two top ten’s on the World Cup tour.
• Youth Olympic Games - Audrey McManiman, Slopestyle - Gold
• Youth Olympic Games - Michael Ciccarelli, Slopestyle - Gold
• FIS Snowboardcross Crystal Globe - Dominique Maltais
• Winter X-Games - Dominique Maltais, Snowboardcross - Gold
• Winter X-Games - Mark McMorris, Big Air - Gold
• Winter X-Games - Mark McMorris, Slopestyle - Gold
• TTR #1 Overall World Ranking - Sebastien Toutant, Slopestyle
• TTR World Championship - Spencer O'Brien, Slopestyle - Gold
• Winter Dew Tour #1 Overall Ranking (DEW CUP) - Sebastien Toutant, Slopestyle
• Winter Dew Tour #1 Overall Ranking (DEW CUP) - Spencer O'Brien, Slopestyle
• 30th US OPEN - Sebastien Toutant, Slopestyle – Gold
• Ride Shakedown – Sebastien Toutant, Slopestyle - Gold
• TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival – Antoine Truchon, Slopestyle - Gold
Canada~Snowboard is the governing body for the sport of snowboarding in Canada. Committed to high performance excellence, Canada~Snowboard provides a wide range of programs and support services based on established principles of long term athlete development, for all levels of snowboarding ability. With the support of its valued corporate partners – RBC and Under Armour - along with the Government of Canada, Own the Podium and the Canadian Olympic Committee, Canada~Snowboard develops Olympic and World Champions. For more information please visit us at www.canadasnowboard.ca.
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