Manitoba skiier finishes 7th overall - using borrowed skis

Owen Freestyle SkiOwen 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

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