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B.C. slopestyle skier Teal Harle wins World Cup gold to secure Olympics spot

Evan McEachran, Teal Harle
Teal Harle, right, and Evan McEachran celebrate their podium finishes in slopestyle Sunday at Mammoth. (Freestyle Canada coaching staff photo)

MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, Calif. — Teal Harle earned his second career World Cup victory by winning the slopestyle final on Sunday at Mammoth Mountain that sealed his spot on Canada’s Olympic Freestyle Ski Team.

The Campbell River, B.C., native scored 90.80 on his first run before improving to 94.20 points on the second run.

Switzerland’s Andri Ragettli took second (92.60) while Evan McEachran of Oakville, Ont., captured bronze with 91.40 points.

“I was trying not to focus too much on what I needed to do to earn a spot for the Games,” said Harle, who will compete in his first Olympics next month in Pyeongchang, South Korea. “I was really happy to land my first run and to get a chance to play around a little on my second run and I ended up winning the contest, so I am really happy.”

Canada’s freestyle ski roster for the upcoming Games will be announced on Monday.

In addition to his third place finish at the World Cup event Sunday afternoon, McEachran went on to win the Association of Freeskiing Professionals event Sunday evening.

“This is hands down the best day of my life. I am insanely happy with my skiing,” McEachran said. “My roommate and one of my best friends Teal won this morning and I won this afternoon. Fourth podium of the season for me … I don’t know what to say! It’s the best feeling ever and I couldn’t have chosen to peak at a better time. I just can’t believe it.”

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