Canada’s Elizabeth Hosking claims silver in World Cup snowboard halfpipe


CALGARY — Canadian snowboarder Elizabeth Hosking capped her World Cup halfpipe season Friday the identical approach she began, which was standing on the rostrum.

The 21-year-old from Longueuil, Que., completed second in Calgary’s halfpipe to Japan’s Mitsuki Ono.

Hosking earned her first profession World Cup medal — additionally silver — in Copper Mountain, Colo., to begin the season in December.

Ono posted a high rating of 89.75 on her second run Friday night below the lights.

She claimed the crystal globe that goes to the season’s total World Cup winner.

Hosking, who scored 86 on her second go by means of the pipe, vaulted from fourth to second within the season standings behind Ono.

“Nice begin to this World Cup season with a second and I’m tremendous completely satisfied to complete the season with a second in Canada at house — not home-home, however in Canada on house soil,” Hosking mentioned.

Hosking landed an Alley Oop 540, wherein she takes off spinning in the other way of her downhill momentum, on her second of three runs.

“I used to be the one one to do it tonight and the judges appeared to love that loads,” she mentioned.

Switzerland’s Berenice Wicki, with a rating of 72.50, narrowly edged Calgary’s Brooke D’Hondt’s 72.25 for bronze.

4 Canadian ladies reached the ultimate, however no Canadian males superior.

Calgary’s Felicity Geremia, 15, and Jenna Walker, 17, positioned seventh and eighth, respectively, within the first World Cup finals of their careers.

Hosking competed in her fourth occasion in as many weeks, together with January’s Winter X Video games in Aspen, Colo., the place she positioned seventh.

Calgary’s World Cup additionally served as a world warm-up for the world snowboard championship beginning subsequent week in Bakuriani, Georgia.

Some skipped Calgary, nevertheless, with 11 ladies competing in halfpipe.

“It’s been a extremely intense season,” Hosking mentioned. “4 weeks of back-to-back of competitors. Undoubtedly, I feel going into world championships some individuals took a bit bit (of time) off.

“I couldn’t miss this occasion in Canada. There was fatigue accumulating this week, however tonight I feel it was all pleasure. That is my first World Cup really below the lights.”

Hosking positioned sixth in Beijing’s Winter Olympics final 12 months.

The boys’s and ladies’s finals have been delayed Friday by half an hour due to wind.

“It was undoubtedly breezy, however extra so within the observe,” Hosking mentioned.

“It actually toned down fairly a bit. Surprisingly, you didn’t really feel it a lot within the halfpipe.”

Japan’s Ruka Hirano struck gold within the males’s ultimate with a high rating of 88.50.

Australia’s Valentino Guseli completed 6.50 factors out of first, however beat out Japan’s Shuichiro Shigeno by 0.25 for silver.

Hirano took the boys’s season crown forward of runner-up Guseli and Australia’s Scotty James in third.

Calgary’s snowboard “Snow Rodeo” continues with males’s and ladies’s slopestyle qualifying Saturday adopted by Sunday’s ultimate below the lights once more.

Reigning X Video games slopestyle champion Mark McMorris of Regina received’t compete in Calgary due to a scheduling battle with Purple Bull’s backcountry Pure Choice Tour.

Darcy Sharpe of Comox, B.C., who was the X Video games slopestyle champion in 2020, and 2018 Olympic silver medallist Laurie Blouin of Quebec Metropolis are within the area.



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