February 26, 2011
Albertan scores World Cup slopestyle silverVoigt one of three Canadians to hit podium at Calgary's Canada Olympic Park
By SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency
Brooke Voigt has a stranglehold on the second step of the podium at Canada Olympic Park.
The Fort McMurray product won her second straight World Cup slopestyle silver medal at COP Saturday morning.
“I couldn’t be happier,” said Voigt, one of three Canadian medallists on the day.
“Being at the same level or higher is what I’m going for and I’m really happy with that.
“I had some solid runs.”
The 17-year-old had a run worth 18.3 points and pocketed $6,227.
She was also second at last year’s event at COP, which introduced the sport onto the World Cup circuit.
Canmore’s Robby Balharry also won silver with a big finishing run (26.3) while Zach Stone (Collingwood, Ont.; 25.6) took the bronze and a $3,312 cheque.
“Going into my last run, I knew I was already in third, and Zach, who is one of my best friends, was behind me,” Balharry, 20, said.
“So I just went for it, and it happened.
“It’s so much better because my friends and family get to come out, so it’s a lot of fun.”
Stone said Balharry’s spectacular run was worthy of a podium finish.
“I’m stoked to see my buddy up there,” Stone said. “He deserved it.
“His run was sick.”
Austria’s Clemens Schattschneider took top spot with a 27.4-point run worth $11,925.
American Allyson Carroll won the women’s slopestyle with 21 points, while Calgarian Breanna Stangeland finished one-tenth of a point off the podium, just behind Austria’s Pia Meusburger (15.4).
Fellow Canadians Diane Rudge and Molly Milligan finished seventh and eighth respectively.
Calgarian Tanner Davidson finished fifth. Canucks Derek Livingston (seventh) and Julien Beaulieu (11th) also qualified for the finals.
Schattschneider, with Saturday’s 1,000-point boost, took over the overall lead in the World Cup standings ahead of Canadian Sebastien Toutant (L’Assomption, Que.), who did not compete in Calgary.
Stone’s 600-point day moved him into fifth from outside the top 15, and Balharry jumped 18 spots to sit seventh on the charts.
The day also had a silver lining for the Australians, who finished second in both the men’s and women’s halfpipe.
Nathan Johnstone finished with a score of 27.7 to finish just behind winner Ryo Aono of Japan (28.3).
“To be on the podium with Ryo — he’s an amazing snowboarder — I’m super happy,” Johnstone said of the World Cup leader.
“I was sitting first after the first run and I was super-stoked just to get one down. It was a massive relief.”
China’s Yiwei Zhang (27.0) took the bronze.
Brad Martin flew the Canadian flag as the lone competitor from the host country to qualify for the finals.
But the 24-year-old from Ontario was disappointed after falling on both of his final runs.
“It sucks to make it to the finals and then not land a run,” Martin said after his 10th-place finish. “It’s brutal.
“You just have to learn from it and go from there.”
Aussie Holly Crawford also won silver after a run worth 23 points. China’s Xuetong Cai (24.9) took top spot while Japan’s Haruna Matsumoto (22.3) won the bronze.
“Hopefully, I’ll get on top of the podium soon,” said Crawford of her second straight runner-up finish.
“(The Chinese) are riding really well. They’ve got a great setup in China that we saw when we went to the World Cup there.”
Canada now has 16 medals on the FIS World Cup tour this season.