Leseur takes flight at Apex
Matthew Leseur, the Bermuda mogul skier, was among more than 100 talented competitors with desires of reaching the FIS NorAm Cup podium at Apex Mountain Resort, British Columbia, last weekend.
Leseur, 16, said that he loved competing against the top skiers that represented Canada, United States, Australia, Japan and Germany.
“It’s super challenging. Seeing some of the girls ski too is just crazy,” said Leseur, who is in his second season on the tour and attends the Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy in Colorado.
“I had a pretty ripping run. I was probably skiing a little bit slow. I definitely could have cleaned my airs up a little bit as well. I’m pretty happy with it.”
Leseur was hoping to reach the single moguls final, but missed the top 16 after finishing 25th. He was equally excited to try and crack the top 16 in duals, especially with how competitive it is.
“Feeling the energy from everyone is absolutely awesome,” he said, prior to advancing as far as the round of 32 last Sunday.
Bermuda-born Leseur began skiing when he was about two after his family moved back to Colorado from Bermuda, where is father is from, but he started in downhill and discovered he did not like it. So Leseur decided to try moguls and was hooked.
“It looked cool. I enjoyed it big time. It was so awesome,” said Leseur, who listed Canadian Mikaël Kingsbury, a moguls world champion among the athletes he looks up to. “The feeling you get when you ski bumps is absolutely crazy.”
Mogul skiing is freestyle skiing competition consisting of one timed run of free skiing on a steep, heavily moguled course, stressing technical turns, aerial manoeuvres and speed.
Internationally, the sport is contested at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, and at the Winter Olympic Games. The term mogul is from the Bavarian language word “mugel,” which means mound or small hill.