Hansen grabs halfpipe second at AFP World Tour Final

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(ISN) – Whistler, BC – Keltie Hansen (Edmonton, AB) and American Annaelisa Drew battled for top spot at the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) World Tour Halfpipe Finals in Whistler, BC on Sunday at Blackomb Mountain.

Drew narrowly beat out Hansen by a score of 90.33 to 88.33 to take the title. American teammate Devin Logan came in third with a score of 80.33.

For her second place finish, Hansen walks away with a cheque of $3,000. Drew and Logan were awarded $5,000 and $1,500, respectively.

“It was a great day even with the pipe being a little bit difficult to work with,” said Hansen. “I was able to put down a run that made me happy. I’ve kind of had a rough season. I was getting frustrated with some of my tricks and we ended up changing my run midseason. It can be tough, but it’s so wonderful to end the season this way. It gives me more confidence going into the offseason and makes me excited for the year to come.”

The podium is Hansen’s first of the season after several months of tweaking her runs and tricks.

“Keltie’s performance was fantastic,” said Heach Coach Trennon Paynter. The pipe was challenge given the weather going on and the changing of conditions. Visibility was a factor and you have to be good at adapting. Keltie did a great job at doing that and skied great.”

“She was very consistent and it was amazing to see that for her. It was very close between her and Annalisa. She’s been great at following the game plan all season including having a bit of a rebuilding year. We at times took a couple steps back to move forward. It’s really been paying off for her. It’s fantastic to see her on the podium in her last event of the season.”

The other members of the national team, Cassie Sharpe (Comox, BC) and Megan Gunning (Calgary, AB), pulled out right before the competition due to injuries.

Matt Margetts (Penticton, BC) had the best result for the Canadian men by coming in fourth followed by Simon d’Artois (Whistler, BC) in fifth and Mike Riddle (Sherwood Park, AB) in eighth.

Torin Yater-Wallace (USA) earned himself a score of 94.00 for first place and an $8,000 cheque. In second place, earning $4,500, was Lyman Currier (USA) with a score of 88.67, and rounding out the podium in third place for $2,000 was Byron Wells (NZL) with a score of 87.67.

“It was a good and bad day for the guys,” said Paynter. “Certainly we are always looking for the podium. We have a lot of depth on the men’s side who can win. It’s a nice to have two guys in the top-five and three in the top-eight. It always stings to be that close to the podium. We are capable of more.”

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