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Canada's Rachael Karker captures ski halfpipe gold for her 1st World Cup victory

Canada's Rachael Karker earned her first career World Cup win Sunday, scoring 93.25 points on her third and final run in women's freeski halfpipe in Aspen, Colo. Calgary's Brendan MacKay scored 95.00 for silver in the men's event.

Won world silver March 12; teammate Brendan MacKay 2nd in men's event Sunday

Freestyle skier Rachael Karker, of Erin, Ont., collected her first World Cup gold medal on Sunday, scoring 93.25 on her third and final run in women's halfpipe in Aspen, Colo. (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/File)

Rachael Karker earned her first career World Cup victory Sunday, scoring 93.25 points on her third and final run in women's freeski halfpipe in Aspen, Colo.

Zoe Atkin of Great Britain was second (91.50) and Brita Sigourney of the United States third (89.00).

Karker, 23, also won halfpipe silver in Aspen on March 12 at the freestyle world championships.

"I'm really happy, this is the perfect way to end the season," Karker said. "We only had three contests this year, but I'm super happy to land a spot on all three podiums."

WATCH | Karker adds World Cup gold to recent world silver medal:

Canadian Rachael Karker wins ski halfpipe gold in Aspen


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The 21-year-old collected her first-ever FIS World Cup win on Sunday. 1:33

Amy Fraser of Calgary was ninth.

In the men's event, Calgary's Brendan MacKay scored 95.00 in a silver-medal performance.

American Aaron Blunck won with 96.50 points while New Zealand's Nico Porteous (94.50) rounded out the medal podium.

"I think this puts me in a good place for next season and it would be really awesome to go to the Olympics so fingers crossed," Mackay said.

WATCH | MacKay picks up silver in men's event at Aspen:

Canadian Brendan McKay collects silver in ski halfpipe


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McKay put up a score of 95.00 points in Aspen on Sunday, just 1.50 behind first spot. 2:08

With files from The Canadian Press

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