Canadian Olympic champ Cassie Sharpe 1st in halfpipe World Cup qualifier
26-year-old secures spot in Saturday's final at Copper Mountain
Canadian Olympic champion Cassie Sharpe finished first in qualifying on Wednesday for this weekend's ski halfpipe World Cup.
The 26-year-old from Comox, B.C., scored 93.75 points on her second of two qualifying runs, outscoring Kelly Sildaru of Estonia by .50 points to top the 24-woman field.
The top eight women skiers in qualifying advanced to Saturday's final.
Rachael Karker of Erin, Ont., also booked a spot in the final. The 21-year-old finished fourth in qualifying.
Simon D'Artois of Whistler, B.C., was the lone Canadian man to advance through the finals. He placed fourth in his heat.
Calgary's Noah Bowman missed a shot at the finals by .25 points, finishing sixth in his heat. The top-five competitors from the two 20-man heats advanced.