Simon D’Artois wins men’s World Cup halfpipe skiing gold in China


Simon D’Artois (center), (Freestyle Canada) (with permission)

Simon D’Artois of Vancouver, British Columbia won the gold medal in a men’s World Cup halfpipe skiing event in Secret Garden, China on Thursday. D’Artois was one of two Canadians to come away with a World Cup halfpipe skiing medal in China on Thursday as Rachael Karker of Erin, Ontario won the silver medal in the women’s World Cup halfpipe skiing event.

In the men’s World Cup halfpipe skiing event, D’Artois posted a winning score of 93.5 points. Nico Porteous of New Zealand won the silver medal with 89.5 points. Hunter Hess of the United States won the bronze medal with 85.5 points. D’Artois reached the podium easily. He beat fourth place finisher Thomas Krief of France by 14.25 points. Krief had a score of 79.25 points.

D’Artois is currently seventh in the World Cup men’s halfpipe skiing standings with 142 points. Aaron Blunck of the United States leads with 274 points.

In the women’s World Cup halfpipe skiing event, Karker posted a second place score of 85.75 points. Kexin Zhang of China won the gold medal with 87.75 points. Fanghui Li of China won the bronze medal with 83.75 points. Karker comfortably made the podium, just like D’Artois. She had 8.5 more points than fourth place finisher Abigale Hansen, who was in fourth place with 77.25 points.

Karker is currently in 12th place in the World Cup women’s halfpipe skiing standings with 72 points. Cassie Sharpe of Calgary, Alberta and Marie Martinod of France lead with 270 points. The medals for D’Artois and Karker will boost their confidence as they prepare for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.



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