Gabriel Dufresne wants to savor his revenge

Gabriel Dufresne wants to savor his revenge

MISE À DAY

A native of Val Saint-Côme, Gabriel Dufresne made his World Cup debut in his hometown in January 2016, where he went off the track. In his last appearance at home a year later, he couldn't do better than a 40th position. 

“I can't wait to erase my last performance at Val Saint-Côme,” he said. I am a skier and a completely different person. I am confident that I can erase these performances at a time when I had a lot to learn. Let's say my plate was overflowing.”

Dufresne wants to do well in front of his family and loved ones on the mountain that saw him grow up. “I have to manage my emotions well, he explained, because the presence of my loved ones adds excitement. I have to stay in my zone of control and use the energy of the crowd. The 19-20 year old Gabriel didn't know how to handle this excitement. My experience will help.”

A sign that the years are rolling by at high speed, Dufresne will be making his 59th and 60th World Cup starts tomorrow and Saturday. “I started freestyle skiing in Val Saint-Côme at the age of 14. With the Quebec team, we were based here too. There is not much that can surprise me in this track.

High goals

Pointing in 12th place in the general classification after the first half of the season, the 26-year-old hard worker sees big for the next stages of the World Cup. “I've had ups and downs since the start of the season, he admitted, but I know I have the potential to reach the Top 6 and even the podium if I ski up to it. It is realistic to believe that I can reach my first super final (Top 6).

Michel Hamelin believes that Dufresne continues to progress. “Gabriel has an incredible work ethic and he continues to evolve,” said the head coach of the Canadian team. This week in training, I saw the best of Gabriel. He is solid and he should reach his peak. It's his turn to assert himself.”

Dufresne obtained the best result of his career in December at Alpe d'Huez with a 9th position. “For the first time in my career, I managed to qualify for the final at the first stage of the season in Ruka,” he said. It's a positive sign because the guys are hungry at the start of the season and Ruka's track is one of the toughest in the world. It made me proud and confident.”