Comox's Cassie Sharpe takes top spot in halfpipe qualifying run

by Olga Hunt February 21, 2018, 6:33
Comox's Cassie Sharpe takes top spot in halfpipe qualifying run

Drew, 24, qualified fourth with an 86.00 set on her second run, marginally improving the 85.40 from her first run. She was sixth at the 2014 Olympics after overcoming knee and shoulder surgeries simply to qualify for Sochi.

"I think it went downhill when I saw Trennon tearing up". Burke's parents and her husband, Rory Bushfield, brought Sarah's ashes to Russian Federation to have them spread across the mountains.

"My first run I really just wanted to land", Sharpe said.

Sharpe topped qualifying Monday with a pair of massive runs and went even higher in the finals. But, she still wasn't done. "But I just focused on my skiing and I knew what I had to do".

Sharpe added that she owes her halfpipe success to the work Burke did in bringing the sport into the global spotlight.

Nico Walther and Christian Pose were the quickest duo after the second run, but their Germany team-mates lie close behind. She was the pioneer for us to be in the Olympics and for us to be a part of it. The first woman to ever land a switch cork 720 in competition past year, she amped up the difficulty for her runs in Pyeongchang.

She didn't do what she and her coach discussed.

"It shows why she's doing it".

"Sarah gave her life for that", he said. She said Bowman's success inspired her, and her desire really took hold of her before that final run. "Her parents started her on skis on her second birthday on a small slope behind Sierra-at-Tahoe's lodge, the mountain that she now represents". "It's tough for me that I didn't medal, but it would have been worse if I knew I didn't leave it all out there".

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"She blew it away on her second run", said Sharpe. It was all there in front of her.

Sharpe was the only competitor in the field to successfully perform that trick on Sunday.

"I had a moment when I fell and I was just sliding back, looking back up the pipe and thinking, "you have done it".

Rosalind Groenewoud and Cassie Sharpe compete in the final.

Five golds, two silvers and two bronze medals to be exact.

Sharpe is deeply competitive in a way that can only be honed from a young age growing up with and trying to outdo two brothers. According to her U.S. Ski and Snowboard bio, she enjoys a variety of activities including mountain biking, hiking, wakebording and backpacking.

"And it means, and this is most important, that you can be a woman, you can have kids and you can do it, feel good about it, and come back". Drew scored 90.80 on her final run to slip past Sigourney only to have Sigourney, the next skier down, put up a 91.80. One to watch is American skier Maddie Bowman. Tragically she died before then, in 2012, after injuries from a fall in training.

Cassie Sharpe won the gold medal.

"I'm so grateful for them", she said. Six years later, however, her legacy is secure.

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