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Whistler's Marcus Goguen wins Freeride World Juniors

The Whistler Freeride Club athlete prevailed in the men's ski category in Austria

Marcus Goguen continues to make his presence known on the freeride scene.

The Whistlerite became the new Freeride Junior World Championships (FJWC) king on Jan. 24 in Kappl, Austria as he distinguished himself in the men's ski category. He stormed out of the gates with two high-amplitude clean airs, completing the top section in short order. Fans won't soon forget his entry into the ‘halfpipe’ feature as he threw down a massive corked three. Goguen proceeded to finish his run by hurling himself off two more big cliffs with ease. Judges awarded him 1300 big points that vaulted him atop the podium.

Tiemo Rolshoven of Germany (1020 points) and Wyatt Gentry (840 points) of the United States placed second and third, respectively, each with solid runs of their own down Kappl's Quellspitze face. 

At 18 years old, Goguen has been having a notable season so far. Last November, he co-starred in a snowsports film called Daymaker, the latest production by Warren Miller Entertainment. 

On the women's ski side, Zoé Delzoppo of France showed technique and style throughout her run to claim the win. Her skiing looked fluid and controlled, starting with an air at the top of the course, before she shredded the halfpipe and sent two airs deep in a row with little hesitation, earning 1300 points. Fellow French contender Mila De Le Rue, daughter of freeride legend Xavier De Le Rue, finished in second place with 1020 points. Tia Schenk of the United States rounded out the podium with 840 points in third. 

This is the 11th edition of the FJWC and the sixth to take place in Kappl. Full results are available on the Freeride Word Tour website.


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