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  • Nicolas Fontaine - Freestyle Skiing



    NICHOLAS FONTAINE

     Small in stature but big in courage Nicolas Fontaine completed a dream season in men's aerials in 1996-97 claiming the World Cup, world championship and Canadian titles. Sixth at the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, the 5'6'' Magog, Que., resident is the man to beat in Nagano.
      Fontaine's performance was somewhat stunning when you consider that despite several strong seasons with the Canadian team his career appeared to have stalled.
      "I was very surprised with my season last year," said the world record holder. "I was starting to lose hope(with my career). The previous two years I couldn't seem to finish better than third. My career wasn't heading in the right direction. I couldn't decide what jumps to do. But suddenly this year it all worked. And really I owe it to hard work in the off-season and experience."
      The key to the 27-year-old's success was landing some of the most difficult jumps ever attempted in the sport. Last season his big jump was two triple flips with quadruple twists called in freestyle lingo a "double full-full-full". This off-season he was perfecting a never landed triple flip with five twists (a full-double full-double full). On one attempt this summer in training he crashed heavily and apparently, for now, has shelved that jump.