Canadian Olympic gold medalist Cassie Sharpe of Calgary, Alberta won the silver medal on Friday at a World Cup women’s halfpipe skiing competition in Copper Mountain, Colorado. This was Sharpe’s sixth World Cup medal, and first silver medal. Her previous five World Cup medals were all gold medals. Sharpe also won the gold medal in women’s halfpipe skiing at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.
In Copper Mountain on Friday, Sharpe posted a second place score of 90.5 points. Kelly Sildaru of Estonia won the gold medal with a score of 93 points. Brita Sigourney of the United States won the bronze medal with a score of 88 points.
Another Canadian made the top five, as Rachael Karker of Erin, Ontario finished in fourth place with a score of 86 points. She was 4.5 points back of Sharpe. It was Karker’s best ever World Cup result in women’s halfpipe skiing. Her previous best result came in Mammoth Mountain, California on January 19, 2018, when she finished seventh.
This is the first of five World Cup women’s halfpipe competitions this season. The other four are in Secret Garden, China on December 22, Calgary, Alberta on February 16, Mammoth Mountain, California on March 8 and Tignes, France on March 21.
It has been quite the start of the World Cup season meanwhile for Sildaru. In addition to winning the World Cup women’s halfpipe skiing event in Copper Mountain, Colorado on Friday, she also won the gold medal in the World Cup women’s slopestyle skiing event in Stubai, Austria on November 23.