After Saturday’s spree of victory, Marion Thénault suffered a major disappointment yesterday when she was ruled out of the final for only the second time in her career.
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Thénault, wearing the yellow jersey as World Cup leader for the first time in her career, performed a jump she’s used to landing easily but couldn’t land properly.
“I made a mistake that I’ve made many times before,” she explained. I brought my feet back on landing. I had a very nice jump and I had it, but I wasn’t aggressive enough in my actions. It’s not a question of whether I can make it or not. The question is whether I’m in good shape or not. »
Thénault could not get down from his cloud after experiencing moments of great intensity surrounded by his loved ones on Saturday.
“It’s difficult to have such beautiful moments that were just amazing and have to start all over again the next day,” she said. I couldn’t do it mentally. I have work to do on this level. »
Did she feel extra pressure after climbing to the top step of the podium on Saturday?
“Honestly, I don’t think so,” she said. I always want to win. My victory made me more confident than the day before. I have to learn to manage two consecutive World Cups, which I have never experienced before. »
Jeff Bean believes Thénault’s mishap is part of his apprenticeship.
“I was really disappointed this morning but it’s a good experience when you look at Marion’s career as a whole,” summarized Jeff Bean, head coach of the Canada team. It’s not easy to get back into the same state of mind after experiencing such strong emotions. She went through something very special to win at home and it’s 100 percent normal what happened. »
“She will learn a lot from this experience,” Bean continued. I am very happy that she was able to keep the yellow jersey. The real test will be at the next World Championships and I am confident that she will be back on the podium in the United States. Despite her achievements since the beginning of her career, we must not forget that Marion is still a young competitor. »
Thénault was eliminated from the finals at her first World Cup on February 7, 2020 in Deer Valley, finishing 18th.
“It just hurts, not anymore because I’m at home. Wearing the yellow jersey for the first time in my career probably caused additional stress. »
Flavie Aumond, who was eliminated from Saturday’s final, bounced back well with a seventh-place finish, just missing her third career Superfinal.
“I was disappointed on Saturday but I’m happy today [hier]. I made a small mistake when I ended up in the final and I knew I wasn’t going to reach the superfinal. »