21-year-old Canadian snowboarder from Longueuil, Quebec, Elizabeth Hosking rounded off her World Cup halfpipe season the same way she started, which was sharing the podium with other winners.
The exceptional Hosking finished second in Calgary’s halfpipe to Japan’s Mitsuki Ono.
It could be recalled that she earned her first career World Cup medal — also silver — in Copper Mountain, Colo., to start the season in December.
According to official reports, the Canadian, who scored 86 on her second pass through the pipe, vaulted from fourth to second in the season standings behind Ono.
“Great start to this World Cup season with a second and I’m super happy to finish the season with a second in Canada at home — not home-home, but in Canada on home soil,” Hosking said.
It was recorded that Hosking landed an Alley Oop 540, in which she takes off spinning in the opposite direction of her downhill momentum, on her second of three runs.
She expressed joy that “I was the only one to do it tonight and the judges seemed to like that a lot”.
Meanwhile, Switzerland’s Berenice Wicki, with a score of 72.50, narrowly edged Calgary’s Brooke D’Hondt’s 72.25 for bronze.
Hosking competed in her fourth event in as many weeks, including January’s Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., where she placed seventh.
It is imperative to note that Calgary’s World Cup also served as an international warm-up for the world snowboard championship starting next week in Bakuriani, Georgia.
Hosking said “It’s been a really intense season. Four weeks of back-to-back of competition. Definitely, I think going into world championships some people took a little bit (of time) off.
“I couldn’t miss this event in Canada. There was fatigue accumulating this week, but tonight I think it was all excitement. This is my first World Cup actually under the lights.”
Recall that she placed sixth in Beijing’s Winter Olympics last year.
Reports have it that the men’s and women’s finals were delayed by half an hour because of wind in the recent event.
She said “It was definitely breezy, but more so in the practice. It really toned down quite a bit. Surprisingly, you didn’t feel it much in the halfpipe.”
It is imperative to note that four Canadian women reached the final, but no Canadian men advanced.
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