The Frenchman's score of 2.20 out of 100 on his first run was the lowest in qualifying but, reflecting the have-a-go attitude of the freestyle skiing fraternity, the 22-year-old was not the slightest bit embarrassed.
"I fell on the first feature and I was the only one to do that," he told Reuters at the bottom of the slope at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. "But it was a really good experience, really fun and I appreciate everything. It was really fun and crazy."
The Frenchman managed to claw himself up the standings by whirling and flipping to a 40.00 on his second run, finishing third last in the 32-man field.
That left Switzerland's Luca Schuler at the bottom of the slopestyle pile with a best score of 6.80.