Cassie Sharpe falls short of elusive ski halfpipe world title

Canadian ski halfpipe star Cassie Sharpe didn’t complete her third and final run on Saturday, scoring 32.00 points for a second-place finish at the freestyle skiing and snowboarding world championships. Estonia's Kelly Sildaru, 16, captured the title.

Fellow Canadians Noah Bowman, Simon d'Artois finish 3-4 in men's competition

Ski halfpipe star Cassie Sharpe of Comox, B.C., pictured here, captured a silver medal on Saturday at the freestyle ski and snowboard world championships in Park City, Utah. Estonia's Kelly Sildaru, 16, won the event with a third and final run score of 95.00 points. (Rick Bowmer/Associated Press)

​Canadian ski halfpipe star Cassie Sharpe is still searching for a world title.

The reigning Olympic champion from Comox, B.C., bobbled her third and final run and didn't finish on Saturday, scoring 32.00 points for a second-place finish at the freestyle ski and snowboard world championships in Park City, Utah.

The 26-year-old secured the silver medal in the field of eight with a first run score of 94.40. Sharpe amassed 91.40 points on her second run.

WATCH | Cassie Sharpe claims silver:

Cassie Sharpe claims silver in ski halfpipe at worlds

3 years ago
Duration 1:34
​Canadian ski halfpipe star Cassie Sharpe places 2nd with a score of 94.40.

Sixteen-year-old Kelly Sildaru of Estonia, who missed the majority of last season with a knee injury suffered in a training crash months before the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea last February, scored 95.00 on her final run for the victory. Brita Sigourney of the United States was third.

WATCH | Kelly Sildaru wins world title

Kelly Sildaru wins ski halfpipe world title

3 years ago
Duration 2:07
Sixteen-year-old Kelly Sildaru of Estonia claims gold at the world championships with a score of 95.00.

"Kelly laid down a phenomenal final run," Sharpe said in a press release. "I'm happy for her, though obviously I'm a bit disappointed at having missed coming in first."

"I was really sad about that, but I tried to keep a positive vibe," Sildaru said recently in an interview with the Borneo Bulletin newspaper in Brunei. "I knew that if I worked hard I'd get back on the skis faster."

Sildaru entered worlds fresh off a three-medal performance at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo, where she captured silver behind the victorious Sharpe in halfpipe.

WATCH | Kelly Sildaru upsets reigning Olympic champ Cassie Sharpe:

Estonian teen stuns favourite Canadian Cassie Sharpe at freestyle worlds

3 years ago
Duration 2:15
Kelly Sildaru, the 16-year-old Estonian phenom, overtook reigning Olympic champion Cassie Sharpe in her final run at the freestyle ski world championships to win gold in the halfpipe.

Rachael Karker of Erin, Ont., placed fourth with a score of 85.20 at her worlds debut on Saturday.

In men's halfpipe action, Calgary's Noah Bowman earned bronze with 91.60 points that was achieved on his third and final run. He was followed by teammate Simon d'Artois of Whistler, B.C., in fourth place (91.40).

WATCH | Noah Bowman ecstatic after 1st world championship podium

Noah Bowman ecstatic after 1st world championship podium

3 years ago
Duration 0:39
CBC Sports' Sophia Jurksztowicz caught up with Calgary's Noah Bowman after his bronze medal performance in the men's ski halfpipe final at the freestyle ski and snowboard world championships in Park City, Utah.

American Aaron Blunck successfully defended his world title with a score of 94.20 followed by Kevin Rolland of France (93.80).


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversation  Create account

Already have an account?