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Canadian aerialists capture podium at Noram freestyle competition

ST-ADELE, Que. - Freestyle aerialist Nicole Mulder of East St. Paul, Man., led a 1-2-3 Canadian women's finish at the Noram freestyle ski competition on Sunday.

ST-ADELE, Que. - Freestyle aerialist Nicole Mulder of East St. Paul, Man., led a 1-2-3 Canadian women's finish at the Noram freestyle ski competition on Sunday.

A day after the Canadian men swept the podium, Mulder, who had finished second Saturday, collected her third medal in as many Noram starts.

The 18-year-old former gymnast, who won in Calgary last week, improved on her personal best score of 141 produced Saturday. Her winning two-jump total was 142.29.

"My jumps were very similar to Saturday's, but this was more mentally challenging, to be consistent two days in a row," said Mulder.

National development squad teammate Sabrina Guerin of Laval, Que., was second in 130.62, also with a personal best score. Laurence Allard-Riendeau of Montreal scored 130.62 for her second bronze medal in as many days at the Mont-Gabriel ski resort.

In men's aerials, Russian World Cup skier Yury Zukal won with 197.36 points.

Remi Belanger of Terrebonne, Que., followed his Saturday victory with a career-best 192.95 points for second.

"It was a pretty good day again," said Belanger, 20, of his results and the windless conditions.

He actually led the competition after a solid landing for his triple-twisting double somersault. He then produced another solid landing with his double-twisting double flip in the second round.

Sean Butler of Niagara Falls, Ont., was third with a career-high score of 188.03, three points up on fourth-place Dmitry Marushchak of Russia.

Next Canadian was sixth-place Jean-Christophe Andre of Montreal.

 
 
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