Teal Harle and Elena Gaskell win medals at World Cup big air freestyle skiing event in Switzerland

Teal Harle (right) (Freestyle Skiing Canada, with permission)

Canadians landed on the podium in big air freestyle skiing World Cups in Chur, Switzerland on Friday. Teal Harle of Campbell River, British Columbia won the silver medal in the men’s event and Elena Gaskell of Vernon, British Columbia won the bronze medal in the women’s event.

Harle had a score of 98 points and reached the podium by three points over fourth-place finisher David Zehentner of Germany, who had 95 points. Matej Svancer of Austria won the gold medal with 99 points. Birk Ruud of Norway won the bronze medal with 97.25 points. This is Harle’s sixth World Cup medal in freestyle skiing, and fourth in big air.

Gaskell had a score of 91 points. She reached the podium by three points over Giulia Tanno of Switzerland, who had 88 points. Tess Ledeux of France won the gold medal with 95.25 points and Sarah Hoefflin of Switzerland won the silver medal with 93.25 points. This was Gaskell’s fourth World Cup medal in freestyle skiing, and third in big air.

Big air freestyle skiing is making its debut at the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing.  There are only two World Cup freestyle skiing big air events this season. The other World Cup will take place in Steamboat Springs, Colorado on December 4.

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