Owen Lothian finished 7thoverall in the big air freestyle finals on Thursday afternoon despite not being able to use his regular pair of skis.
“The last run that I had in training my ski broke in two different places,” Lothian said. “So my friend Davis has similar skis, a little faster and sharper, but he let me use them so it worked out.”
Lothian said having to use different skis was a big adjustment. He fell on his first jump in the finals but did better on the second run, with a score of 77. This after scoring 88 in the qualifying round, which was the third best score going into the finals.
“The first one I went way too deep on them,” he said. “I thought I had the speed right but I guess that wasn’t correct. But the second one I got it.”
This was the first time a Manitoban had qualified for the finals in the big air event at the Canada Winter Games.
Lothian, a Winnipegger, said he had a great week in Red Deer.
“Everyone’s super super friendly. They’re all just stoked to be here,” he said. “It was really really good. A lot of bonding, a lot of hype.”
*Photo credit: Byron Hackett, Red Deer Advocate