Marie Martinod flies high at the Copper Mountain U.S Grand Prix.

The U.S Grand Prix of Copper Mountain is one of the first stops of the FIS freestyle World Cup, with Ladies and Men, Snowboard and ski, Half Pipe and Slopestyle. It was taking place last week-end, on the 21st and 22Nd of December 2013. Marie Martinod, Anaïs Caradeux et Kevin Rolland were part of the show. And they didn’t count for nothing.

 

The podium with Brita Sigourney (USA) 1st, Maddie Bowman (USA) 2nd & Marie Martinod (FRA) 3rd.
Photo : www.fis-ski.com

 

This is a very “up to it” Marie that we have seen in the pipe for this first stop of the ladies’ half pipe world cup. We must admit that Marie already had a good season start with her participation at the North Face Park and Pipe Series at Copper Mountain, where she finishes 5th overall, and the Dew Tour in Breckenridge, where she unfortunately did not qualify. These competitions helped her get switch to competition mode.

 

Le 15 porte-t-il chance ? Crédit photo : Marie Martinod
Is 15 the lucky number ?
Photo: Marie Martinod

 

Her motivation at the top, her mind set on the podium, Marie went into the pipe with the right cocktail of fear and confidence that allowed her to give the best of herself. Marie did well enough to qualify and lands a perfect run in the finals that puts her on the third step of the podium. A pretty nice result for a lady who’s been back on skis and in the competition only for the second year, and competing with the best international riders of the moment. Marie can be proud of herself, as proud as we are ! Bravo Marie.

And that’s not the end of it, as Anais Caradeux was there too and finishes 6th. Her progressive rising lets us think she can surprise us throughout the season. We saw her a lot last winter, on the podium or on the top of the score boards, so we bet you we will hear more about her before long. We will follow this young talent from La Clusaz and see where she takes us.

 

Kevin Rolland’s smile, and his flight above the coping

Photo: www.fis-ski.com

 

Kevin Rolland also confirms his return at the top, the strength of his knee and his mental with his second place. For us who were dreaming of seeing back to the top, there was our chance, and we took it. Let’s hope it goes on like that.

 

And that was a real pleasure to see our little Frenchies’ smiles at the bottom of the pipe. See all those months of physical preparation, rehabilitation for some, mental preparation and training give a result, and what result, is kind of satisfying. So we’re looking forward to what’s coming next. See you in Calgary as from the 3rd of January 2014 for the next FIS freestyle World Cup stop.

 

See the video highlights of the men’s finals
See the video highlights of the ladies’ finals

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