Canadian Halfpipe Athletes Start the Season at Copper Mountain, USA
Freestyle Canada – Copper Mountain, USA, December 5, 2018– It’s the Canadian halfpipe team’s turn to get back to business at Copper Mountain, Colorado, with 10 skiers competing in their first FIS World Cup of the 2018-2019 season.
After wrapping up their training in Whistler, BC at the end of November, the team head to Colorado, where the 22-foot halfpipe ramp will test the best in the discipline. The event kicks off on December 5 with the qualification rounds, followed by the finals on December 7.
The last time the halfpipe team competed was back in March 2018 in Tignes, France, where Olympic gold medallist Cassie Sharpe was crowned overall World Cup champion, capturing her first career Crystal Globe. The winds of renewal have since swept the team with the retirements of Keltie Hansen, Rosalind Groenewoud and Mike Riddle. Indeed, this season’s first outing features a raft of promising young athletes, such as Rachael Karker, brothers Evan and Dylan Marineau, Sascha Pedenko, Finn Young and Sam McKeown.
See the competition schedule here.
Athletes competing in the World Cup at Copper Mountain:
Men: Noah Bowman (Calgary, AB), Simon d’Artois (Whistler, BC), Brendan Mackay (Calgary, AB), Evan Marineau (Calgary, AB), Dylan Marineau (Calgary, AB), Sascha Pedenko (Calgary, AB), Finn Young (Calgary, AB), Sam McKeown (Calgary, AB)
Women: Cassie Sharpe (Comox, BC), Rachael Karker (Erin, ON)
Upcoming events (December)
- FIS World Cup – December 7: Ruka, Finland (moguls)
- Dew Tour – December 13-16: Breckenridge, USA (slopestyle/halfpipe)
- FIS World Cup – December 15-16: Thaiwoo, China (moguls)
- FIS World Cup – December 20-22: Secret Garden, China (halfpipe)
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