Rachael Karker and Noah Bowman win World Cup halfpipe skiing medals in Calgary

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Canadian Olympic bronze medalist Rachael Karker of Guelph, Ontario and Noah Bowman of Calgary, Alberta each won medals on Saturday in a World Cup halfpipe skiing event at Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park. Karker won the silver medal in the women’s event and Bowman won the bronze medal in the men’s event.

Karker, who won the bronze medal in women’s halfpipe skiing at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, posted a score of 85.5 points. Ailing Eileen Gu of China won the gold medal with 93.5 points. Kexin Zhang of China won the bronze medal with 81.75 points. Karker reached the podium by 6.25 points over Hanna Faulhaber of the United States, who finished in fourth place with 79.25 points.

Bowman posted a score of 90.5 points. Alex Ferreira of the United States won the gold medal with a score of 94.5 points. Birk Irving of the United States won the silver medal with a score of 93 points. Bowman reached the World Cup podium in Calgary on Saturday by a point over Canadian Simon D’Artois of Vancouver, British Columbia, who finished in fourth place with a score of 89.5 points.

In the World Cup standings, Karker is the leader in the women’s halfpipe skiing standings. She has 260 points, 60 more points than Gu, who is in second with 200 points. In the men’s halfpipe skiing standings, Bowman is in fifth place with 152 points. Irving leads with 220 points. The medals for Karker and Bowman will give them confidence as they prepare for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games in Milan/Cortina d’Ampezzo. 


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