The following is taken from CFSA press release:
Roz G wins Euro X halfpipe
Dorey top Canadian man, in fourth
TIGNES, FRANCE (March 16, 2012) ? Calgary?s Rosalind Groenewoud took it down to the wire when she won the European X Games women?s ski halfpipe here today.
Coming into her final run in the best-of-three run competition, Groenewoud was sitting in second position behind Devin Logan. But the feisty Calgarian channeled her friend, Sarah Burke who died in a halfpipe accident in Park City, UT earlier this season. Burke who won this event last year under similar circumstances, to pull out all the stops including a huge straight air and a 900, to take the lead from the American.
Groenewoud scored 89.33 on that final run. Logan was more than a point behind, at 85.00. Local girl, Anais Caradeaux of France earned the bronze at 85.00.
It was Groenewoud?s second-straight X Games win, as she took the top spot in Aspen earlier this year.
?I?ve never been in that position before and done well,? said Groenewoud. ?Sarah was often in that position ? last to drop not winning and then landed a run to win. I was thinking about that and how Sarah was in that position last year at Euro X Games and won and that definitely inspired me to pull out the win here. I definitely thought about her a lot today.?
Fellow Calgary natives Megan Gunning and Keltie Hansen finished today in fifth and tenth spots, with scores of 77.00 and 43.33, respectively.
In men?s pipe action, Vernon, B.C.?s Justin Dorey finished just off the podium in fourth position with a score of 90.00.
American youngster Torin Yater-Wallace, 16, won the event with 95.00 points in his final run. Thomas Krief of France was second at 91.66 and American David Wise took the bronze at 90.33.
Dorey, who had a dramatic crash at the Aspen X Games where he hit the deck and dislocated his shoulder, said he was definitely nervous to compete here in his first contest since that accident.
?I was scared, just worried about crashing and hurting my shoulder again, but I landed three fairly decent runs and didn?t hurt my shoulder, so that?s good. It?s definitely a good confidence booster,? said Dorey.
Other Canadians to qualify for today?s event included Noah Bowman of Calgary who finished fifth at 85.00 and Penticton, B.C.?s Matt Margetts, who just couldn?t lay down a run today, landed in eight spot at 38.00.
Edmonton?s Mike Riddle did not qualify for today?s eight-man finals. He finished in 11th at the qualification event yesterday.
FIS World Cup aerials finals run tomorrow in Voss, Norway with Canadian Olivier Rochon bidding to win the crystal globe. FIS World Cup mogul finals will be held Sunday in Mageve, France, where Mikael Kingsbury will be awarded the crystal globe for moguls and the overall men?s freestyle globe.