Freestyle Skiing - Frenchman Bonnaire a faller at the first

Targeting the sort of mid-80s score needed to make the first Olympic skiing slopestyle final on Thursday, Jules Bonnaire launched himself aggressively off the gate - only to come undone at the very first obstacle.

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France's Jules Bonnaire performs a jump during the men's freestyle skiing slopestyle qualification round at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 13, 2014 (Reuters)

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.

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