Rachael Karker of Erin, Ontario and Brendan MacKay of Calgary, Alberta each won medals for Canada at a World Cup halfpipe skiing competition in Aspen, Colorado on Sunday. Karker won the gold medal on the women’s side, and MacKay won the silver medal on the men’s side. This was the only World Cup halfpipe skiing event this season due to coronavirus.
Karker posted a winning score of 93.25 points. Zoe Atkin of Great Britain won the silver medal with 91.5 points and Brita Sigourney of the United States won the bronze medal with 89 points. Karker meanwhile reached the podium by 7.75 points over Devin Logan of the United States, who was in fourth place with a score of 85.5 points.
This was Karker’s first career World Cup gold medal. She has now won seven medals overall (one gold medal, four silver medals, and two bronze medals).
MacKay meanwhile posted a second place score of 95 points. Aaron Blunck of the United States won the gold medal with 96.5 points. Nico Porteous of New Zealand won the bronze medal with 94.5 points. MacKay reached the podium by 3.75 points over David Wise of the United States, who was in fourth place with 91.25 points.
This was MacKay’s second World Cup medal. He previously won silver in a men’s halfpipe skiing World Cup in Calgary on February 14, 2020. The medals for Karker and MacKay will give them confidence as they prepare for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.