This article was originally published on the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association website.
Justin Dorey (Vernon, BC) captured the men’s halfpipe title at the Mammoth Grand Prix today. This win was unlike most after event organizers decided to cancel the finals scheduled for today due to adverse weather conditions.
The qualifiers on Wednesday officially counted as the final scores and Dorey led the pack with a 91.00. Dorey was the only athlete to score above 90 and did so performing eight tricks, including the brand new bone air 540.
“Going in to qualifiers I knew there was a chance that there wouldn’t be finals,” said Dorey. “We looked at the weather forecast and we knew it would be very windy. It definitely changed the way I approached qualifiers to the way I usually would. The conditions were still extremely windy and sketchy. I just did the best run I possible could and it worked out.”
The wind affected the amplitude the athletes could get. The team, along with head coach Trennon Paynter, devised a strategy to treat the qualifiers as they would a final round.
“The forecast indicated that the second halfpipe day was going to have really rough weather,” said Paynter. “We knew in advance that they may not be able to run finals. We knew that if that were to happen that the results from the qualifiers would count as the final. Everyone planned his or her runs accordingly. Justin really went for it in his qualifier and committed to doing his most difficult run in those conditions. His intent was to win qualifiers knowing that those results might very well end up being the finals results.”
Overall three Canadian men finished in the top-10 with Mike Riddle (Sherwood Park, AB) coming in fourth with a score of 84.00 and Simon d’Artois (Whistler, BC) finished ninth (77.20). Noah Bowman (Calgary, AB) also competed and finished in eleventh out of 13 men with a score of 74.20.
Americans David Wise (88.60) and Gus Kenworthy (85.80) finished second and third, respectively.
Cassie Sharpe (Comox, BC) was the lone Canadian who competed in the women’s halfpipe. Sharpe was 0.80 points away from the podium after finishing in fourth place with an 81.80. American Maddie Bowman (88.80) and Devin Logan (82.60) finished in first and third place, respectively. New Zealander Janina Kuzma finished second with 85.00.
“Cassie skied well on Wednesday,” said Paynter. “Missing the podium by just a very small margin is a little tough. Fourth is still certainly a great result. I’m sure both her and Mike (Riddle) wanted to get on the podium and were a little disappointed to just barely miss it. But they should be happy with how well they skied.”