Travis Gerrits jumped his way to a silver medal in front of a large Canadian crowd in warm conditions in Quebec on Saturday.
It was the first World Cup podium for the 21-year-old Milton, Ont. native, who scored 114.61 in the super final round of the competition. Belarus's Dmitri Dashinski took the gold at 120.24 and China's Hang Zhou was third with a score of 100.45.
After suffering a knee injury last January that curtailed his 2012 season, Gerrits couldn't contain his excitement at the finish.
"I'm kind of on top of the world. I couldn't be happier," said Gerrits. "To come back from my injury last season and to stomp my jumps here, it's just awesome."
Gerrits, who was ninth in China last week, added that he still isn't up to the full degree of difficulty he hopes to compete this season. He competed a full, full, full (triple twisting triple back flip) in the finals but plans to add another twist by next week's competition in Lake Placid.
"The full, full, full was the only jump I had left in my arsenal before I start doing bigger jumps next week in Placid. So to podium here with a lower DD means my coaches and I are doing all the right things technically, we're taking it slow which is the right thing to do with my training," said Gerrits.
Canadians Olivier Rochon from Gatineau, Que. and Jean-Christophe André of Montreal advanced to the 12-man finals but failed to qualify for the four-man super final.