Three Canadians Make World Halfpipe Finals


(ISN) – Kreischberg, Austria – Three Canadians successfully qualified for the halfpipe finals tomorrow at the 2015 FIS Freestyle Ski World Championships including Cassie Sharpe, Keltie Hansen and Matt Margetts.

In the women’s qualifications earlier today, Sharpe earned the second highest point total with a 75.40. It was a gratifying day for the native of Comox, BC who was one of the six women to qualify for the finals.

“I finally got my flares back-to-back again. I feel comfortable and confident. It’s probably some of the best riding I’ve ever done,” said Sharp. “I feel so amazing. I’m coming back from a broken collarbone. It’s only been 3.5 months. It’s a relief coming back to the pipe.”

Not that far back in fourth place was Hansen, who scored a total of 73.00 while not at full strength.

“I tweaked by knee yesterday in training, so I wanted to play it safe and hopefully make it into finals,” said Hansen. “I plan to get some physiotherapy tonight to feel better tomorrow and then add some tricks to my run.”

Margetts recovered quickly after a subpar first run to score 77.20 on his second to finish in fifth place and qualify for the 10-man halfpipe final.

“The weather has been awesome and so has the pipe,” said an elated Margetts. “The competitors have been killing it here. We’re having a really good time out here so far. My first run wasn’t too hot. I managed a pretty good second run, but I still have lots of room for improvement. Hopefully I can get some more good training in before finals and maybe get on top of that podium.”

Just missing out and in eleventh place with 65.60 was Kris Atkinson.

“I had a fun day. I fell on my first run and landed on my second run,” said Atkinson. “I was in the bubble spot until the last guy and got knocked out. I placed 11th tonight and I’m kind of disappointed I won’t be in the final. I’m happy I skied well though. Every experience helps for the future. It definitely prepares you in different ways and makes you stronger.”

Megan Warrener (9th – 68.00 points) and Taylor Wilson (18th – 57.40 points) competed in the their first World Championships, but failed to qualify for the women’s and men’s final respectively.


Halfpipe Athletes
Men – Kris Atkinson (Calgary, AB), Matt Margetts (Penticton, BC)

Women – Keltie Hansen (Edmonton, AB), Cassie Sharpe (Comox, BC), Megan Warrener (Sylvan Lake, AB – Alberta Winsport Team)

Tsubota finishes sixth in slopestyle

Yuki Tsubota officially finished in sixth place overall at the FIS World Championships. Tsubota qualified for the six-women final by placing in fourth place in yesterday’s qualifiers with a score of 79.00.

“I messed up on my switch three and landed badly,” said Tsubuto who was unable to compete in the finals. “I hit my head and ended up with a concussion. It’s very frustrating especially after what happened in the Olympics and having to recover after that. It’s not what I wanted or what the result was suppose to be.”

Shondra Charbonneau, the other Canadian women competing in slopestyle, finished ninth overall. Kristaps Thompson (11th), Taylor Wilson (12th) and Reid McEachran (16th) all finished in the top-20 on the men’s side.


Slopestyle Athletes
Men – Reid McEachran (Oakville, ON), Taylor Wilson (Whistler, BC), Kristaps Thompson (Montreal, QC)

Women – Yuki Tsubota (Whistler, BC), Shondra Charbonneau (Brockville, ON – Ontario Provincial Team)