Cassie Sharpe of Comox wins gold in women's ski halfpipe at Olympics
Sharpe, 25, won the gold medal in women's ski halfpipe Tuesday in Pyeongchang, South Korea to become the first Islander to win an Olympic gold medal in Canada Goose Coats On Sale a snow event at the Winter Games.
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"It's your victory lap," Sharpe said. "It's the best feeling in the world. I didn't realize how emotional I was going to be at the top. My coach hugged me and I was canada goose outlet store uk about to cry. It doesn't feel real, yet. So much goose outlet canada hard work has gone into this. I'm elated."
Sharpe is known as a front runner. If she starts boldly, she rarely lets up, and that was evident on her golden morning.
"On my first run, I just really wanted to land. That's like my biggest thing for my confidence," Sharpe told The Canadian Press.
"If I don't land my first run, I have a hard time coming back from that. So I just really wanted to land my run, and then after that, I was OK."
There were 10 family members from the Comox Valley cheering Sharpe on to gold in South canada goose outlet uk sale Korea, including dad Don and mom Chantal.
Sharpe said it wasn't going to feel real until she saw her family, so she made her way over to them and grasped her dad and mom in long uk canada goose bear hugs.
"Hello, Cassie Sharpe's dad," said Don Sharpe, upon answering the phone slopeside in Pyeongchang.
"It was so emotional. We had a group hug and a group cry," said Don Sharpe.
"This is crazy. We never expected this. We told Cassie we were happy and proud she had made it here and to have fun with it."
Cassie Sharpe did more than just be a woman who wants to have fun. She ripped through the field and left little doubt about canada goose outlet canada who is now the greatest female ski halfpiper in buy canada goose jacket cheap the world. Sharpe had been dropping canada goose outlet jackets hints about this stunning breakout by winning two World Cup events this season and last season becoming the first female to land a 720 corkscrew in competition.
It is at moments like this when people harken back to their roots.
"I told [Cassie's older brother] Douglas this is what you get for sneaking her onto the slopes at Mount Washington when she wasn't supposed to be on there," said Don Sharpe, who was director of business operations for Mount Washington for 17 years up to 2017.
The Sharpes' story at the Olympics is far from over.
Cassie's younger brother, Darcy Sharpe, was named an alternate for the Canadian team to the Pyeongchang Olympics. canada goose uk shop The 21 year old from Comox recently won silver at the Winter X Games in men's snowboarding slopestyle, so having the Sharpe siblings both competing at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics is a strong possibility.
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A part of that storyline is Spencer O'Brien of Courtenay, who qualified 11th Sunday in the for the 12 boarder women's big air final at the Pyeongchang Olympics, which is scheduled for Friday.
The event is making its Olympic debut and has given the veteran O'Brien a second chance in Pyeongchang after she was battered about by the howling winds in placing a disappointing canada goose outlet online uk 22nd in slopestyle earlier in the Games.
Big air seems a daunting proposition physically.
"You start small and work your way up," said O'Brien, in a statement. "I'm a total baby and don't even like cheap canada goose jumping off rocks into the water. But you start small and work your way up. Now the integration of air bags into training has really pushed the progression."
It's part of the marketing evolution as the Olympics attempt to appeal to a younger generation used to more edgy sporting pursuits.
"It's special to me to be part of it," said O'Brien, the canada goose outlet black friday 2013 world slopestyle champion.
"It's an opportunity I never thought I would get in big air. We never even had women's big air in my career. Everyone is throwing out all the stops and pushing canada goose outlet reviews the limits. I can't wait for the final. I think it's going to be an absolute insane show."
The Island is better known for Canada Goose sale producing Summer Olympians. But Sharpe and O'Brien, both now North Vancouver residents, are among a quartet of Mount Washington produced Winter Olympians in Pyeongchang.
Making a notable Olympic debut, 22 year old Teal Harle of Campbell River placed fifth at Pyeongchang in men's skiing slopestyle as Canada took three of the top six positions with Alex Beaulieu Marchand of Quebec the bronze medallist and Evan McEachran from Oakville, Ont., sixth.
"[It] was unreal. I've definitely surpassed every expectation I had Canada Goose Parka for the Games," said Harle, who was cheered on across the Pacific by a watching party in Campbell River.
"Going into it, my goal was just to land a run in qualifications and I made it to finals, so that was insane. I couldn't be happier with how [it] went.".