ASPEN, Colo. (from Freestyle Canada) – After breaking a thumb in a fall on her first run, Comox, B.C., athlete Cassie Sharpe made the most of her third and final run to earn an X Games bronze medal.
“I tried doing my most difficult run first; my last jump was a cork 10 and I broke my thumb again,” said Sharpe, whose finger was already in a splint. “For my second run, I was still a little shaken. But for the third run, I was back on track and managed to focus on what I needed to do.”
This is Sharpe’s fourth podium this season. The athlete – who is enjoying a fabulous season so far – already has her ticket confirmed for the Winter Olympic Games next month in Pyeongchang, South Korea, which will be her first.
X Games are the ultimate gathering for freeski athletes. For this year’s coveted invitational event, the Canadian halfpipe skiers were Sharpe, Noah Bowman of Calgary, Simon d’Artois of Whistler, B.C., and Mike Riddle of Sherwood Park, Alta.
Riddle was close to his first X Games medal in 12 years. If it hadn’t been for Alex Ferreira’s last run, Riddle would have finally been on the podium. He finished fourth, followed by Bowman in sixth and d’Artois in seventh.