Malcolm George Farris heard the screams of his fellow Bluenosers loud and clear last night when he stepped onto the podium to receive his bronze medal.
The Nova Scotia native made a late surge in the Big Air final scoring a 92.20 on his final jump to leapfrog into the bronze position. He was sitting outside the top four when he landed a Double Cork 1440 which moved him up the standings and into third by a slim .20 points.
A Double Cork 1440 is when a skier inverts twice while simultaneously making four complete rotations.
“It feels really great. It's been a great season so far and this is just awesome to do for Nova Scotia and my family and just for everybody,” said Farris.
His home province couldn’t be more proud of the 16-year-old Brookfield native. During the interview, he was surrounded by flag-bearing friends and some teary-eyed parents.
“It’s awesome. It’s so cool that everybody came out here and made the trek, it’s so great getting to see all the people I don’t get to see so much. It’s all just awesome,” said Farris.
The trick he landed is complicated even for the pros in the Olympics to land. Farris had some reassurance though that it was time to go big, or go home.
“The jump was a Double Cork 1440. I didn’t think I was going to be able to do that trick today but my coach said I had it so I listened to him.”
For Farris, this medal is a long-time coming.
“Man, I’ve been skiing since I was probably like a year old. It’s been a while.”
Farris adds this bronze medal to a solid collection of great achievements over this past year. He finished first in the 2023 Sun Peaks Canada Cup Big Air and first in the 2022 Junior National freestyle Ski Championships.
Claiming the gold in the Men’s Big Air event was Quebec’s, Jérémy Gagné with a score of 94.80.
“It feels super good. I’m stoked to be here, I’m stoked to win that contest. Everybody had good vibes up top and everybody was stoked to be here so it’s just a good moment,” said Gagné.
In the Women’s Big Air final, it was B.C.’s Lindsay Peet walking away with the gold around her neck. Peet ran away with the competition in the final finishing with a score of 89.60, which was five points better than second place.
“Honestly, it’s so awesome. I’m super hyped to have landed my trick that I haven’t really done before. This is just a crazy feeling,” said Peet.
The trick was a left 900 tail grab which is two and a half spins while the skier grabs their skis with both hands.
Malcolm and Jérémy now head off to the Men’s Slopestyle final today at Mark Arendz Park.