think at this point in time it one of the most exceptional runs that ever been done by a girl, Canadian team leader Peter Judge said. only the execution of each of the tricks, but the overall cleanliness and flow of the tricks and the degree of difficulty. At almost every piece of it she excelled.
Emotions were all over the mountain for the 19 year old, who on Tuesday provided Canada another gold in an Olympic debut competition, the ladies ski slopestyle. Howell was joined on the podium by fellow Canadian Kim Lamarre of Quebec City, who also put in the ride of her young career to take the bronze.
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pipe team and they believed in me all along. win gave Canada gold in all three freestyle skiing events contested to that point in these Games and the six in total already sets a record for any country in freestyle skiing at a single Olympics.
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If it weren for people like Burke, Howell might not have even had an Olympic podium to climb.
didn expect that would mean being an Olympic champion some day. This is the best moment of my entire life. brings us to Burke, who died 25 months ago following complications from a training accident in Utah. Beloved by her fellow freestylers, she was not only accomplished on the slopes but was a trailblazer in her sport.
all together is on fire, but definitely in freestyle, Howell Nike Air Max Coliseum Racer Women's said. has been around long enough and they know what they need to do and clearly they are getting the job done.
Howell became the fourth to take the Maple Leaf flag this one draped around her shoulders to the top of the podium these Games. And she can wait to get back home to ski once again with the grandfather, Ken Raven, who was such an influence in her early sporting life.
Canada newest Olympic gold medallist won have the same luxury when it comes to another of the most important influences in her life, the late Canadian freestyler Sarah Burke.
Kaya Turski had been able to maintain her form. Instead the pre event favourite, who had been battling illness for the past two weeks, fell on both of her qualifying runs and did not advance to the final.
In the broader picture, the freestyle sports have been an incredible boon to Canada prospects in a Winter Games, including two already from new events the International Olympic Committee added for Sochi.
And even though the event was making its Olympic debut, Howell winning run left diehard freestyle followers in awe.
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parents put me on skis at 18 months and I always got to ski with my grandfather, Howell said. from a skiing family, my parents always wanted me to follow my dreams. He the reason that my family skis.
When she returns home to the Hidden Valley Highlands ski club in Huntsville, Ont., Dara Howell plans to hit the slopes with her 98 year old grandfather.
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The latest two pack from the funky and always evolving umbrella of freestyle skiing gave Canada six medals from those events at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, which evidently is also the engine room of the country aspirations to lead the overall medal count in Sochi.
before I dropped in (for the second run) I looked up and I like let do this together. I landed I said Sarah. I so stoked to do that. Howell Lamarre double on Tuesday was about more than just being stoked it marked the third time in these Games that the Extreme Park yielded a double for Canada. The first was gold silver finish, from the Dufour Lapointe sisters in women moguls Saturday, was followed by a repeat in men moguls Monday by Alexandre Bilodeau and Mikael Kingsbury.
And without all those new podiums available thanks to the freestyle skiing disciplines, where would Canada impressive medal run to date be?
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