Cassie Sharpe, a Comox native now living in Whistler, has been working hard to get her skiing back on track after a tough ankle injury ended her season last February in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Recently, Sharpe took third at a US Ski Association halfpipe skiing event in Sun Valley, Idaho. While not placing where she wanted to be, this is her third podium in a row.
In the past few weeks she has also earned two gold medals. The first gold was earned by taking top spot at the Aspen/Snowmass Freeskiing Open final in February. The 21-year-old beat out U.S. skiers for one of the biggest wins of her career and she claimed the $1,500 top prize. Sharpe won the AFP World Tour gold-level event by earning a score of 83.20.
Her second gold was gotten by winning the bronze-level Canadian Open Tour event in Moonstone, Ont. Sharpe has been skiing well since the calendar flipped to 2014, earning top-20 finishes at World Cup events in Calgary and Colorado in January. “I’m pretty happy about my season,” Sharpe said. “My skiing’s finally coming back since my injury … I’ve definitely been working hard to be where I’m at now.
“It’s good to get these events under my belt,” she said. “I’ve been doing a lot of airbagging and practising to get some of the bigger tricks. A left corked 9 is what my next step’s going to be, and I’ve got my back-to-back flairs back. I’m definitely working hard on catching up to those girls who competed in Sochi.”
The 2018 Olympics are a long-term goal for Sharpe, and by winning the first major contest since the sport’s Games debut, she’s put herself on a good path toward Pyeongchang.
Cassie’s final competition of the season March 20-23 Canadian Ski Nationals at Calgary Olympic Park.