BRECKENRIDGE, CO – Competing in only the second Dew Tour of her young career, Cassie Sharpe (Comox, BC) had a high score of 87.40 to finish second in the women’s ski superpipe final in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Sharpe, 23, was the only competitor to perform two clean runs and the only skier out of a group of six to score in the 80s each time.
“I did the same run both times, but cleaned it up the second time out,” said Sharpe. “I knew that we had designed a run that was good enough to get me on the podium, but I also knew that it had to be perfect and that I needed to nail my grabs and get good amplitude. My first run was good, but I knew that I could go bigger after the first run and I did. I was thrilled with the result.”
Sharpe is coming off a breakout 2014-15 season that saw her capture a silver medal at the FIS Freestyle World Championships and also win her first FIS World Cup in March in Tignes, France.
“I’m over the moon with how the season has started for me,” added Sharpe. “My goal coming in was to make it to the final. I tried to take the pressure off of myself and have fun. That’s what it’s all about. We now have a training camp coming up in Calgary at the end of December, but I get to enjoy the holidays a little more with this finish.”
Ayana Onozuka of Japan led the way with a score of 89.40 and Brita Sigourney of the United States grabbed third place with a score of 85.00.
Roz Groenewoud (Calgary, AB) also competed in Friday morning’s final and finished fifth overall with a score of 70.20. It was Groenewoud’s, 26, first big competition back after suffering a season ending injury last year.
“I think it’s going to be a process getting my skiing fully back,” said Groenewoud. “I am proud about how much its come back already. I think there are a lot of people who don’t make it to the top-five of a competition in the first event back from a season ending injury. I wish I could have cleaned up my runs for the final, but I am happy with my progress.”