X Games Gold medalist Cusson to Coach Canadian Slopestyle Team
The Canadian Freestyle Ski Association announced this week the hiring of 1999 X Games gold medalist JF Cusson to the coaching staff of the recently formed Canadian Slopestyle Ski Team.
Cusson, a veteran of the Canadian National Mogul Team, will help guide Canadian freestyle skiers as they prepare for their sport’s Olympic debut in 2014 at the Sochi Games. Cusson is one of the founders of the freeskiing movement, he was part of the original Salomon Teneighty Team with Mike Douglas and secured many pro titles during his competitive years.
Now a golf pro in Quebec, Cusson has a talent for teaching and enjoys admiration and respect from his peers and up-and-coming athletes alike.
Cusson joins National Slopestyle Team Head Coach Toben Southerland and Halfpipe Team coaches Trennon Paynter and Marc Macdonell as the CFSA’s ‘new school’ coaching staff.
“We knew we had the athletic talent in Canada in slopestyle and halfpipe to be a real medal contender at the next Olympic Games, but we also knew that in order to harness and develop this talent we had to lay a foundation with the best possible coaching staff,” said CFSA High Performance Program Director David Mirota. “The addition of JF rounds out our program and puts us on the path to success in Sochi.”