Cassie Sharpe wins silver in ski halfpipe at worlds
Canadian places 2nd in women's event
Canada's Cassie Sharpe won the silver medal Thursday in the women's ski halfpipe event at the freestyle world championships in Austria.
Sharpe, from Comox, B.C., scored 81.0 points to finish between a pair of Swiss athletes: gold medallist Virginie Faivre (83.8) and Mirjam Jaeger (79.8), who got the bronze.
"I landed my first two runs, but the judges wanted me to grab my flares. So you give the judges what they want," Sharpe said. "I grabbed my flares (on the last run) and they rewarded me.
"I went big for the last run and brought all the pieces together that I've worked so hard for. We had a crazy training camp in Calgary before coming here and my coaches were amazing. They made me a better skier in a week and I owe my consistency to them."
Edmonton's Keltie Hansen finished sixth.
With three days of competition left, Canada has won eight medals. That's at least twice the total of any other country except the Unites States, which has 10.
Smaine takes men's gold
American Kyle Smaine won the men's event with a score of 88.0, beating Frenchman Joffrey Pollet-Villard (86.6) and Swiss Yannic Lerjen (82.4).
Matt Margetts was the top Canadian. He finished ninth.
The freestyle worlds continue Friday with the snowboard parallel giant slalom finals (CBCSports.ca, 7:30 a.m. ET).