Howell gets Canada's first medal of freestyle skiing season

The Canadian Press

9/7/2012 5:31:39 PM

USHUAIA, Argentina -- It's only September, but Canada already has its first medal of the ski season.

Dara Howell of Huntsville, Ont., won bronze in the women's slopestyle event Friday at a World Cup event.

The 17-year-old had a troubled first run but rallied to a score of 65.4 in her second try in a best-of-two runs final.

"I'm happy to be on the podium and happy to stay strong and put a run together on my second run," said Howell. "I'm looking forward to a great season and this is a nice start."

Keri Herman of the United States took gold with a score of 85.0 and Eveline Bhend of Switzerland got the silver at 79.8.

Quebec City's Alex Beaulieu-Marchand was the best-placed of the Canadian men at the event. He finished fourth with a score of 72.8 due to a touch down, just three days after winning the Super Continental Cup on the same Ushuaia course on Tuesday.

Britain's James Woods took gold with 90.4 and Henrick Harlaut of Sweden was second with 84.4, while Jonas Hunziker of Switzerland took bronze at 74.6.

Canadian freestyle coach JF Cusson said he was happy with what he saw from his team.

"I'm happy, it's just the little details we need to work on," said Cusson.