Canada’s Cassie Sharpe wins her first X Games gold in women’s ski superpipe
During Wednesday’s introductory press conference, X Games Aspen host Jack Mitrani mentioned to Cassie Sharpe that she had won pretty much everything there is to win — including Olympic gold last winter in South Korea — but had never won at Buttermilk.
It didn’t look like her luck was going to change Thursday in the women’s ski superpipe contest, especially with Estonian teen Kelly Sildaru executing flawless run after flawless run.
Then, Sharpe delivered when she had to.
“I knew I had to be perfect. If I wasn’t perfect, I wasn’t going to beat Kelly,” Sharpe said. “She beat me in Copper and I knew that she could have beat me here again today. This medal is so important to me. This is a bucket list thing. X Games Aspen is just such a prestigious event. I knew I wanted it.”
Sharpe scored 94 on her third and final run to win her first X Games gold medal in Aspen. It was her third X Games medal overall, having won bronze last winter and having won gold in Norway in 2016.
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She needed every bit of that 94 to knock off Sildaru, who finished second with 92.33, scored on her first run. Sildaru also had runs of 89 and 90.66 in what was her first X Games halfpipe contest. She’s already won gold twice in Aspen, in 2016 and 2017, but in slopestyle.
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