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Dorey fourth in U.S. Grand Prix Halfpipe

Justin Dorey is banking on a trip to the Sochi Olympics. - File Photo
Justin Dorey is banking on a trip to the Sochi Olympics.
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Vernon’s Justin Dorey is one step closer to fulfilling his Olymic dream.

Dorey took fourth place Friday night at the FIS Copper Mountain U.S. Grand Prix Halfpipe in Colorado, laying down a stellar second run for 86.20 points.

“I don’t tend to land my first runs, so having done that put me in a great head-space,” Dorey told the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association.

“I did a left double cork 1260 into a right side double cork 1260. I’d never done that combination in competition before.”

Canadian coach Trennon Paynter said it was unfortunate that Dorey missed the Grand Prix podium, but added it was a solid performance.

“It’s a bit of a tough break to be in fourth position, but Dorey did all sorts of great things tonight. There are very few people in the sport who can pull off the combination that he did. It significantly ups his game.”

The 25-year-old Dorey missed part of last season after undergoing surgery to repair damaged ligaments in his left shoulder. He has rebounded big-time and is currently sixth in the FIS men’s standings with 72 world cup points.

Mike Riddle of Sherwood Park, Alta. and Matt Margetts of Penticton finished seventh and 10th, respectively, in the 12-man event. Next stop on the World Cup Tour is Friday, Jan. 3 in Calgary.

 

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