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Skiing - 08. October 2015.

Freestyle 2016 World Cup Preview

Freestyle – 2016 World Cup Preview

Freestyle – 2016 World Cup Preview

BY: Gordie Bowles and Don Cameron

WOMEN’S MOGULS

JUSTINE DUFOUR-LAPOINTE, CANADA
Olympic gold medallist just ahead of silver sister Chloe, Justine ranked second behind American Hannah Kearney last season. The Montreal native has nine World Cup wins and three worlds medals and has been runner-up for crystal for four straight seasons.

CHLOE DUFOUR-LAPOINTE, CANADA
With the retirement of American dynamo Hannah Kearney, the top five returning World Cup point-getters are Canadian. Chloe was third last season and reeled in silver at Sochi. She looks to add to her hefty career total of 19 tour podiums.

AUDREY ROBICHAUD
Part of a Canadian core that also includes Andi Naude and Maxime Dufour-Lapointe, Robichaud has scored two career wins and seven podiums. Last season, she became the first female Canadian moguls skier to compete in 100 World Cup events.

WOMEN’S AERIALS

MELISSA CORBO, CANADA
The lone Canadian women on the A Group, Corbo is a rising star after winning the 2013 Nor-Am Grand Prix and taking second in 2014. She took bronze at the Lake Placid World Cup in January and has her sights on Pyeongchang 2018.

MENGTAO XU, CHINA
The only medallist from Sochi still competing, she nabbed silver in those

Olympics and was sixth last season in the points chase. She has 16 tour wins and four medals from worlds, as well as coverall crowns in 1012 and 2013.

ASHLEY CALDWELL, USA
Second in the World Cup points standings last season, Caldwell helps anchor a deep U.S. team that includes crystal winner Kiley McKinnon. A former gymnast, Caldwell has three World Cup wins and six podiums in just 16 starts.


WOMEN’S SLOPESTYLE

DARA HOWELL, CANADA
Third in the World Cup rankings the past two seasons, golden girl Howell and bronze medallist Kim Lamarre honored Sarah Burke with medals at Sochi. Howell boasts a trio of

X Games bronzes as well as silver from 2013 worlds.

DEVIN LOGAN, USA
The Olympic slopestyle silver medallist came out firing this season, winning the late August halfpipe World Cup at Cardrona, New Zealand. In slopestyle, she owns three career podiums. A former youth football player, she won silver at 2012 X Games.

TIRIL SJAASTAD CHRISTIANSEN, NORWAY
The young Norwegian ruled the X Games course in 2013 and took silver in Winter X Europe that same season. Christiansen qualified first then won the World Cup competition in late August in New Zealand, giving her four career World Cup wins.


WOMEN’S HALFPIPE

ROZ GROENEWOUD, CANADA
Fourth in the season-opening World Cup in New Zealand, “Roz G” boasts the 2011 world title, two X Games golds and numerous AFP honors. She leads a formidable Canadian team that includes worlds bronze medallist Keltie Hansen and rising star Cassie Sharpe.

KELTIE HANSEN, CANADA
Grinding her way through injury last season, the Edmontonian managed a top-10 finish in the World Cup pipe standings and second-place finish at the AFP World Tour Final. She was third at worlds in 2011 and is primed for her sixth season on tour.

AYANA ONOZUKA, JAPAN
Bronze medallist at Sochi, Onozuka led the World Cup tour halfpipe standings in 2014-15 and was third two seasons earlier. She has eight career podiums on the world tour and took third at 2013 worlds. She podiumed in August in New Zealand.

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