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Darcy Sharpe earns big air silver at world championships

A Canadian earned another world championship medal today in Krieschberg, Austria as Darcy Sharpe, 19, from Comox, B.C. matched the results of his older sister Cassie two days ago.

B.C. snowboarder matches silver by big sister

Comox, B.C. rider hits podium at the world championships 1:22

A Canadian earned another world championship medal today in Kreischberg, Austria as Darcy Sharpe, 19, from Comox, B.C. matched the results of his older sister Cassie two days ago.

Sharpe again at Kreischberg

Thanks big sister, I'll take over in the spotlight.

That may have been the sentiment expressed by Darcy Sharpe, 19, of Comox, B.C. who won a snowboard big air silver medal Saturday at the freestyle and snowboard world championships in Kreischberg, Austria, two days after his sister Cassie, 22, won silver in freestyle ski slopestyle.

Darcy made his world championship debut Wednesday in the snowboard slopestyle event and just missed the podium, finishing fourth. He narrowly missed gold Saturday in the big air when he was surpassed by the final attempt by Roope Tonteri of Finland. 

Here's the story on the big air competition which had a women's division for the first time in world championship history.

The Canadian National Skating Championships were underway this weekend in Kingston, Ont. On Saturday, Nam Nguyen of Toronto won his first Canadian senior men's figure skating championship beating Jeremy Ten of Vancouver who claimed the silver.

Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., won her first senior women's title. The 17-year-old Daleman had a near-flawless performance to win gold with 186.02 points.

Meagn Duhamel and Eric Radford finished first in the senior pair's competition with a score of 230.19 points. They blew away the competition, with the second place team of Lubov Ilyushechkina and Dylan Moscvitch finishing way behind with 187.85 points.

Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje won the senior dance competition finishing ahead of Piper Giles and Paul Poirer. Weaver and Poje finished with 187.88 points.

Olympic gold medallist Dara Howell of Huntsville, Ont., won bronze in slopestyle skiing at the Winter X Games on Saturday. Alex Bellemare of Saint-Boniface, Que., took bronze on the men's side.

In the ski big air, Vincent Gagnier of Victoriaville, Que., won gold with a combined top score of 91 points. Gagnier scored 47 points on his best run and 44 in his second best.

Among other Canadians competing on the international stage, Calgary's Taylor Henrich, who became the first Canadian to win the qualification round at a World Cup ski jumping event, finished a strong fifth Saturday in Oberstdorf, Germany, only 10 points back of a bronze medal position.

Henrich, 19, has another World Cup jumping competition on Sunday, which will be streamed live at cbcsports.ca at 10 a.m. Eastern.

In bobsled, KaillieHumphries and her brakeman Melissa Lotholz, both of Calgary, were 7th in their race in St. Moritz.

  • Chris Spring, Calgary & Alexander Kopacz, london, Ont. 17th
  • Justin Kripps, Summerland, B.C. & Bryan Barnett, Edmonton, 19th

​In another sliding sport, Canada;s fortunes did not improve in Winterberg, Germany where a World Cup luge men's singles race was held. Calgary's Sam Edney was a disappointing 14th in Saturday's race. Canada's men's team did not compete earlier because of a training injury suffered by Justin Snith, who hurt his foot while trainng in the gym. Another member of the team Mitch Malyk returned to Canada after coming down with mononucleosis.

On the slopes, here are the Canadian alpine results from Saturday:

  • Ben Thomsen, Invermere, BC, 17th in the downhill at Kitzbuhel
  • Larisa Yurkiw, Owen Sound, Ont,, 19th in the downhill at St. Moritz
  • ​Marie-Michele Gagnon, Lac Etchemin, Que, 44th
  • Valerie Grenier, Quebec City, 52nd

World Cup cross country skiing took place in Rybinsk, Russia with freestyle sprint races. Alex Harvey of St. Ferreol, Que. was the only Canadian to qualify for the top 30 and placed 28th.

Productive Friday for Canada

Friday was a super day for Canada on the winter scene with five medals, including four from the X Games in Aspen, Colorado. Both Mark McMorris of Regina and Kevin Hill of Vernon, B.C. captured gold medals at the X Games in the Big Air and snowboard cross events, respectively.

McMorris, a bronze medallist in Sochi last February, was also the top qualifier for Sunday's slopestyle final, along with Sebastien Toutant of Montreal who qualified fourth. Read about McMorris's Friday win here

Hill won his Friday snowboard cross, sliding away from the field, right out of the starting gate.

Also Friday, Dominique Maltais of Petite-Riviere-St-Francois, Que., a two-time Olympic medallist, picked up a silver in the women's snowboard cross behind Lindsay Jacobellis of the U.S.

Alex Massie of Barrie, Ont. won a bronze medal in the adaptive snowboard for riders with a disability. Arnprior, Ont.'s John Leslie was right behind Massie in fourth place,

In World Cup skeleton at St. Moritz, Switzerland, Calgary's Elisabeth Vathje, added her third medal of her rookie season, at the birthplace of the sliding sport. Vathje slid to second place behind Austria's Janine Flock. It was the 20-year-old's second silver of the year to go along with her first victory in Canada earlier this season.

With files from the Canadian Press