Ski and snowboard athletes steal the show at the Jamboree presented by Vidéotron Mobile
Quebec City, Sunday, February 12, 2017 – Needless to say, it was all about the snowboarding and freestyle skiing at the Jamboree presented by Vidéotron Mobile with FIS Slopestyle and Big Air Snowboard and Freestyle Ski World Cup events taking centre stage all weekend.
With just a year to go until the Winter Games in South Korea, many countries were in Olympic qualification mode—sweetening the incentive for the 200 registered athletes to impress the judges in spite of the inclement weather that disrupted the contest program over the weekend.
“The weather forced us to juggle the competition schedule around, but we managed to fit all the events on the program into the time we had. And the silver lining in the weekend was the superb performance of our Canadian athletes, who went from strength to strength in the snowboard and freestyle ski slopestyle and big air events. We couldn’t have asked for more, said Patrice Drouin, President of event organizer Gestev. “We are extremely proud that top athletes from around the world gathered in Québec for this edition of the Jamboree”.
Saturday night fever
Thousands of spectators gathered around the impressive ramp structure at L’Îlot Fleurie to watch the exciting FIS Snowboard and Freestyle Ski Big Air World Cup finals presented by Nexen Tire.
To no one’s surprise, Canadians Mark McMorris and Maxence Parrot stole the show, taking first and second place on the podium in the snowboard event. “I’m enjoying a good season this year. I wanted to win today but Mark won and I’m still very happy with a second place,” said Parrot. McMorris also won the Cristal Globe as well as the very first FIS Super Serie”.
The six female athletes competiting in the snowboard final also wowed the crowd pulling their best moves, with Austrian Anna Gasser leaving Quebec City with a gold medal around her neck. In freestyle ski, the Swiss Mathilde Gremaud took the honours in the freestyle ski event—Canada’s first-ever World Cup event in this discipline, whereas on the men side, fellow Swiss rider Kai Mahler took gold.
After the World Cup events came a world-class party that saw Igloofest return to Quebec City, transforming L’Îlot Fleurie into a gigantic open-air dance floor with DJ Dopamyne and Sleepy Tom on the decks. Another highlight of the night was the Mazda Snowskate Park, with modules for beginners and experts open to the public all evening long, not to mention the Vidéotron Mobile virtual reality booth offering visitors the thrill of jumping the big air ramp in Maxence Parrot’s boots.
Canadians take top slopestyle honours
Today at Stoneham Mountain Resort, Quebecers Sébastien Toutant, Alex Beaulieu-Marchand and Kim Lamarre were top of the bill in the ski and snowboard events, in front of the impressive crowd that had turned out to cheer them on. In snowboard, Sébastien Toutant stood on top of the podium after a spectacular second run. « This was a high-level competition. I couldn’t ask for anything better than winning at home, in front of my family, my friends and my girlfriend. It was great!», said the gold medallist . In freestyle ski, an enthusiastic crowd cheered Québec athlete Alex Beaulieu-Marchand who took bronze after an impressive second run! And since the Jamboree organzing committee has always made it a priority to encourage grass-roots development of the sport, there were plenty of fun features on the program for young people over the weekend, including three brand-new activities for this year’s event.
Up at Stoneham Mountain Resort, the Jambo Queen clinic graced the slopes on Saturday, giving girls a chance to develop their competitive spirit. Meanwhile, the Jambo Kicker mini terrain park was open to all at the foot of the slopes, giving plenty of young—and young-at-heart—riders the chance to hone their skills.
Last, but certainly not least, yesterday’s amazing inaugural Epic Banked Slalom attracted close to 100 keen snowboarders to the mountain. True to tradition, the Downtown Mountain presented by Tim Hortons was back in force with an urban bunny hill at L’Îlot Fleurie, giving nearly 400 young people the chance to try their hand at what might just become their next favourtite sport.
You can access photos and results via snowjamboree.com
About the 2017 Jamboree
Shining the spotlight on snow sports in Quebec City and Stoneham, the Jamboree has hosted the FIS Snowboard World Cup every year since 2005. This year’s Jamboree runs February 9–12, 2017, marking the 18th year of Snowboard World Cup events in Quebec. For the occasion, the event will showcase not only the FIS Snowboard Big Air and Slopestyle World Cups, but also add Freestyle Ski World Cup competitions to the mix for the first time ever. The Quebec Winter Events Corporation has tasked Gestev with organizing this prestigious world-class happening. Gestev is a leading-edge company that has specialized in organizing sporting and cultural events in the Quebec City area since 1992 and has earned BNQ 9700-253 certification for responsible event management.
Founded in 1992, Gestev is a dynamic event management company specialized in sports and cultural events. Over the years, Gestev has raised event management standards by adding a party twist to high-calibre competitions, including music shows and live entertainment, while making competitions accessible to all. Jamboree, Red Bull Crashed Ice, Transat Québec Saint-Malo, Sprint Québec, and Vélirium are just a few Gestev events. Gestev also manages Baie de Beauport and is a certified responsible event manager (BNQ 9700-253).
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