It’s that time of year again when spring comes knocking at the door and the world’s elite athletes hit the Big Air ramp in Quebec City for the FIS Snowboard and Freeski World Cup Finals. That’s right, the Jamboree, in collaboration with Vidéotron is back with another spring in its step to wow the crowds downtown at L’Îlot Fleurie.
“We’re so excited to roll out the red carpet for more than 75 athletes from around 20 different countries. This is the 20th time we’ve organized a Snowboard World Cup event in the area, but it’s just as exhilarating an experience as it was the very first time,” said Chantal Lachance, Vice-President of Marketing and Production for event producer Gestev.
Local favourites Laurie Blouin (snowboard, Stoneham) and Alex Beaulieu-Marchand (ski, Quebec City) both delivered stellar performances at the 2019 X-Games and will be lining up here on the ramp, hoping to top the podium on home snow. Other Quebec athletes competing include Francis Jobin (snowboard, Quebec City), Philippe Langevin (ski, MontTremblant), Marguerite Sweeney (snowboard, St-Basile-de-Portneuf) and Océane Fillion (snowboard, Saguenay), to name but a few. Some of the elite international athletes in attendance include Mathilde Gremaud (ski, Switzerland) and Birk Ruud (ski, Norvège), both Big Air gold medallists at the last X-Games, and reigning World Champion Fabian Boesch (ski, Switzerland). The sheer calibre of the competition here is sure to knock the socks off the thousands of spectators expected here in Quebec City, and they’ll also get to see which of these athletes get to be crowned the 2019 season world champions and take home one of the coveted crystal Globes after the medal ceremony.