Groenewoud wins ski superpipe gold at Euro X Games

The Canadian Press

3/16/2012 5:44:13 PM

TIGNES, France -- Calgary's Roz Groenewoud captured the gold medal Friday in the women's ski superpipe final at the Winter X Games.

Groenewoud won the event with a score of 89.33 points to finish ahead of American Devin Logan (87.66). France's Anais Caradeux was third with 85.00 points.

The Canadian took inspiration from the memory of her friend Sarah Burke who died Jan. 19 after an accident during training for an X Games event.

"I've never been in that position before and done well," said Groenewoud in a statement. "Sarah was often in that position -- last to drop not winning and then landed a run to win. I was thinking about that and how Sarah was in that position last year at Euro X Games and won and that definitely inspired me to pull out the win here. I definitely thought about her a lot today."

Megan Gunning of Calgary was fifth with 77.00 points while Edmonton's Keltie Hansen was 10th with 43.33 points.

Regina's Mark McMorris and Spencer O'Brien from North Vancouver, B.C., both claimed silver medals in the men's and women's snowboard slopestyle finals.

American Shaun White won his second gold medal in as many days with a top score of 97. McMorris, a Regina native and double gold medallist in slopestyle and big air at Winter X Aspen 2012, earned the silver medal with a score of 90. His run included a frontside cab 1080 and frontside double cork 1080.

Eric Willett of the U.S. was third with a score of 88.

Montreal's Sebastien Toufant was sixth with a score of 77.33.

It has been three years since White won a slopestyle event at Winter X Games, capturing the gold in slopestyle and superpipe in 2009. White won the superpipe final Thursday night.

American Jamie Anderson won the women's event with Finland's Enni Rukajarvi taking third.

In men's halfpipe action, Justin Dorey of Vernon, B.C., finished just off the podium in fourth position with a score of 90.00.

American youngster Torin Yater-Wallace, 16, won the event with 95.00 points in his final run. Thomas Krief of France was second at 91.66 and American David Wise took the bronze at 90.33.

"I was scared, just worried about crashing and hurting my shoulder again, but I landed three fairly decent runs and didn't hurt my shoulder, so that's good," said Dorey. "It's definitely a good confidence booster."

Calgary's Noah Bowman finished fifth at 85.00 and Matt Margetts of Penticton, B.C.. landed in eighth at 38.00.

Edmonton's Mike Riddle did not qualify for the eight-man finals. He finished in 11th at the qualification event Thursday.