In a punishing men’s halfpipe final that saw nearly a dozen crashes, all eyes were on the men’s halfpipe duo of Mike Riddle and Noah Bowman of Alberta, who were both successful in avoiding injury and finishing in the top six.
Bowman, the 25-year-old from Calgary, posted his top score of 89.40 on an effortless first run, performing back-to-back-to-back switch doubles, good enough to claim fifth place, his second consecutive fifth place finish at an Olympic Games.
“I knew I had a shot at the podium,” commented Bowman. “I was planning on stepping it up, making it bigger and smoother, and I just made some subtle mistakes. But I’m proud of that first run, it was one of the best runs I’ve done in my life.”
Bowman’s teammate, World Champion and defending silver medallist Mike Riddle of Sherwood Park, finished in 6th position with a top score of 85.40. Known as ‘Mr. Consistency’ on tour, Riddle is a founding member of the Canadian national halfpipe ski team alongside coach Trennon Paynter; the two have been working together for over 15 years.
“I’m feeling awesome to be part of this final,” commented Riddle. “In Sochi, we had a lot of bad weather and no one got to put down a run they were proud of. To have these conditions today, to show our sport to the world, is amazing. I got everything I ever wanted in Sochi, so just to be here is the best feeling. I love the Olympics and I love representing Canada.”
Olympic gold medallist David Wise of the United States was successful in defending his title, capturing his second consecutive gold medal with a score of 97.20. World number one ranked skier Alex Ferreira of the United States captured the silver medal with a score of 96.00. The bronze medal was won by 16-year-old Nico Porteus of New Zealand with a score of 94.80.
With this competition complete, that concludes Freestyle Canada’s performances at the 2018 PyeongChang Games, where the team won a total of four medals and recorded an additional 10 top 10 finishes. But beyond the numbers, this Freestyle team demonstrated a lot of grit, heart and sportsmanship in their events, battling through injuries, laying down clutch performances when it counted and graciously acknowledging their competitors’ achievements.
Following the Olympics, the men’s and women’s moguls teams will stay abroad to resume their FIS World Cup Tour in Japan. The rest of Freestyle Canada’s Olympic team will return to Canada.
Freestyle Canada Olympic Results Summary:
- Mikaël Kingsbury – Olympic gold, men’s moguls
- Cassie Sharpe – Olympic gold, women’s ski halfpipe
- Justine Dufour-Lapointe – Olympic silver, women’s moguls
- Alex Beaulieu-Marchand – Olympic bronze, men’s ski slopestyle
- Marc-Antoine Gagnon – 4th place, men’s moguls (2nd straight at Olympics)
- Olivier Rochon – 5th place, men’s aerials
- Teal Harle – 5th place, men’s ski slopestyle
- Noah Bowman – 5th place, men’s ski halfpipe
- Andi Naude – 6th place, women’s moguls
- Yuki Tsubota – 6th place, women’s ski slopestyle
- Evan McEachran – 6th place, men’s ski slopestyle
- Mike Riddle – 6th place, men’s ski halfpipe
- Audrey Robichaud – 8th place, women’s moguls
- Rosalind Groenewoud – 10th place, women’s ski halfpipe
- Simon d’Artois – 13th place, men’s ski halfpipe
- Chloé Dufour-Lapointe – 17th place, women’s moguls
- Catrine Lavallée – 19th place, women’s aerials
- Phil Marquis – 20th place, men’s moguls
- Dara Howell – 21st place, women’s ski slopestyle
- Kim Lamarre – 22nd place, women’s ski slopestyle
- Alex Bellemare – 22nd place, mens’ ski slopestyle
- Lewis Irving – 24th place, men’s aerials