French and Americans take Top Honours in US Freeskiing Halfpipe Grand Prix

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January 17, 2014, Park City, Utah (ISN) – Whistler B.C.’s Simon D’Artois has finished 4th, his best ever in tonight’s halfpipe event in Park City Utah.

Kevin Rolland of France was tonight’s Gold Medalist, followed by Americans Alex Ferreira in 2nd postition and Lyman Currier in 3rd.

“I’ve worked hard to increase my amplitude,” said D’Artois and it is paying off.” D’Atois’ run consisted of a “double 12” to a “Right 900” into a “Left 900 flat3” into “switch 720” and then, a “double flat 7” to finish.

“Obviously there are things I want to clean up,” continued D’Artois, “and improve on for tomorrow night’s competition, but for right now I’m pretty stoked where I placed.”

“Hey, it stings when you are fourth and not on the podium” said coach Trennon Paynter, “It makes it a little hard to swallow, but we’re pretty stoked for Simon. We always knew he had it in him. He’s been on a steady climb and he is making us all proud. We are looking forward to seeing what kind of run he puts down in tomorrow night’s competition.”

Mike Riddle of Sherwood Park, AB finished in 6th spot, Matt Margetts of Pentiction, BC was in 8th, Calgary’s Noah Bowman in 11th and Kris Atkinson of Calgary finished 16th. Justin Dorey was a DNS.

In Women’s Halfpipe action tonight Calgary’s Megan Gunning was in 6th position, while Edmonton’s Keltie Hansen finished in 7th position.