LAURIE BLOUIN wins Calgary WC
23-year-old Blouin had never stood atop the World Cup podium until Sunday, when it all came together under near-perfect conditions on Canadian soil.
As the top qualifier, Blouin had the honour of dropping last on Sunday, and stomped a clean first run that would hold up as the best through all other riders’ second runs. However, instead of a cruising through a victory lap, Blouin dropped in and stepped it up a notch, to the Snow Rodeo fans’ delight.
Starting things off with a frontside 180 on to halfcab off on the down rail, Blouin put down a smooth back lipslide, and a 50-50 frontside 360 tailgrab off on the up-rail to finish off the rail sections. Then through the jumps she dropped a crippler indy on the “shark fin” feature, into a backside 720 melon, and then a perfect frontside 900 tailgrab over the final kicker to bump her score up to 79.56 for the career-first.
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