Canada’s Katie Anderson wins bronze at world junior snowboard



(ISN) – YABULI, China – Katie Anderson of Jaffray, B.C. raced hard on a soft course and emerged with the bronze medal this past week at the FIS World Junior Snowboard Championships.

Charlotte Bankes led France to a 1-2 finish in the four-women big final with Juliette Lefevre second and Anderson third. Georgia Baff of Australia was fourth.

”The course was softer than previous days,” said Anderson, who was 18th at last year’s world juniors in Italy. “It was a little choppy, so you had to make sure to work hard to stay over your board. The course favoured my style of racing because I was able to pull out ahead in the start section and hold my spot in front for most of my heats.’

The 19-year-old Anderson was delighted with her finish.

”I am excited to have finished third and proud to be able to represent Canada up on the podium,” she said. ” The things I have improved most on this year are being more comfortable hitting bigger features, and racing in close heats.”

Tess Critchlow of Kelowna, B.C., was ninth and Meryeta O’Dine of Prince George, B.C., was 10th.

Other top-10 finishes for Canada were: fourth for Crichlow and Anderson in the women’s team snowboard with O’Dine and Haili Moyer of King City, Ont., seventh; Kira Lengkeek of Airdrie, Alta., fifth in women’s halfpipe; and Tyler Jackson of Brooklyn, Ont., eighth in the men’s snowboardcross.

Canada fielded a 32-member team for the competition.