3 medals for Canada at snowboard World Cup event
Canadians Brooke Voigt and Robby Balharry both captured silver medals in slopestyle at a snowboard World Cup on Saturday in Calgary.
Zach Stone won bronze in the men's final to round out a three-medal morning for Canada.
Voigt, from Fort McMurray, Alta., was second behind American Allyson Carroll, who won gold with a ride of 21.0 points.
Voight scored 18.3 points on her first run at Canada Olympic Park before falling on her second go-round.
"I had my safety run which I did first, which worked well," Voigt said. "For my second run, I wanted to step it up, so I tried my [720 degree spin], which I kind of came a little short up on. I tried it so I was stoked on that."
Carroll's victory came on the heels of a few weeks off to rest her left shoulder that she dislocated twice in January.
"I didn't ride for three weeks before I came here just hoping to be strong enough and I guess it paid off," Carroll said. "I just stuck to the things I was comfortable with because I didn't want to hurt myself again or I'd be out for the rest of the season. It seemed to work out well for me."
Austria's Pia Meusburger finished third with 15.4 points, while Calgary's Breanna Stangeland was fourth with 15.3.
Austria's Clemens Schattschneider won the men's event with a score of 27.4 points on his second run after falling on his first attempt.
"The second run was good and now I won and very happy with the result," Schattschneider said.
Balharry, from Canmore, Alta., saved his best array of tricks for his second run and recorded a score of 26.3 points to finish just behind Schattschneider.
"I did as much as I could on these jumps and it worked out," said Balharry, who was happy to compete so close to his hometown. "It makes it so much better because all my family and friends got to come out."
Stone, from Collingwood, Ont., scored 25.6 for third, falling on his second attempt.
"I would have been nice to land my second run, but it's sick to see a fellow Canadian up there [on the podium] too," said Stone.
He added the jumps on the COP course are smaller than others on the World Cup circuit.
"It was really disappointing to come all the way out here and have the jumps that small," Stone said. "We made do with what we had and it was fun."
Calgary's Tanner Davidson finished fifth with a top ride of 22.8 points, Derek Livingstone of Aurora, Ont., placed seventh with 21.5 points, while Julien Beaulieu of Lac Beauport, Que., was visibly disappointed with his 11th-place showing after being unable to improve upon his first run of 10.2 points.
In the men's half-pipe final, Brad Martin of Ancaster, Ont., finished a disappointing 10th after falling in both of his runs.
"It sucks to make it to the final and then not land a run," Martin said.
Japan's Ryo Aono won gold by recording a score of 28.3 points in his second run. Australia's Nathan Johnstone, who led after the opening trip, was unable to improve upon his score of 27.7 points and had to settle for silver.
"I was super stoked just to get one down, it was a massive relief," Johnstone said. "I was hoping to try and better it on the second one.
"Unfortunately I didn't land as clean as I would have liked to, but well done to Ryo. He had a great run and it was still great to come in second behind him."
China's Yiwei Zhang finished third with a score of 27.0 points.
In the women's half-pipe final, China's Xuetong Cai won gold with a score of 24.9, Australia's Holly Crawford took silver with 23 points, while Japan's Haruna Matsumoto captured bronze with 22.3 points. No Canadian women qualified for the final.