CANOE NAGANO '98 ISP DIRECTORY
Nicolas Fontaine - Freestyle Skiing
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
"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.