X Games champs win again
Maddie Bowman followed up her gold at the X Games with another at Saturday’s U.S. Grand Prix in Park City, Utah, in ski halfpipe.
Bowman was the only woman competing with two 900s and landed both on her second run to win with a score of 85.2.
Japan’s Ayana Onozuka was second with a score of 84.4 and Virginie Faivre of Switzerland took third at 82.8.
X Games champ David Wise and fellow American Torin Yater-Wallace finished 1-2 in the men’s World Cup event, which was marred by a scary crash that sent Canadian skier Simon d’Artoise to the hospital with a concussion.
A team spokeswoman said his CATscan was fine but he remains at University of Utah hospital with concussion symptoms, including nausea.
Wise’s winning score was 93.8, edging Yater-Wallace by twotenths of a point.
SKI JUMP: France’s Coline Mattel won her second women’s World Cup ski jump event of the season, upstaging local favorite and overall leader Sara Takanashi in Sappor, Japan.
Mattel landed a jump of 93 meters for 120.2 points on her first attempt before the second round of jumps was cancelled due to high winds. Austria’s Jacqueline Seifriedsberger had a jump of 94.5 meters but was deducted style points to finish second with 111.9 points while Anette Sagen of Norway was third with 111.4 points after a jump of 87.5 meters.
Takanashi, who has won four World Cup events this season, finished a disappointing 13th after a jump of 85 meters for 99.1 points. Defending overall World Cup champion Sarah Hendrickson of the United States finished seventh.
SKELETON: Alexander Tretiakov of Russia held off twotime defending champion Martins Dukurs to win his first skeleton world championship title in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
Tretiakov led by nearly half a second on Dukurs going into the fourth and final run. He held off his Latvian rival to win by 0.03 seconds. Dukurs clocked the fastest run of the competition in his final run down the Olympia track.
Bronze medalist Sergei Chudinov of Russia was 2.27 behind Tretiakov’s combined time of 4 minutes, 32.35 seconds.
John Daly of the United States placed in a tie for fifth, 2.84 behind Tretiakov.
SPEEDSKATING: Two-time Olympic champion Charles Hamelin won the 500-meter race at the short-track speedskating World Cup in Sochi, Russia.
The Canadian claimed his second victory in 41.092 seconds at the Iceberg arena, which will host the short-track and figure skating events at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Wu Daijing of China was second in 41.095, while Vladimir Grigorev of Russia was third.
Noh Jinkyu led a South Korean sweep of the podium in the 1,500, clocking 2:17.482 for his fourth win of the season. Kim Yun-Jae was second and Kwak Yoon-Gy was third
Four-time Olympic champion Wang Meng of China won the women’s 500 in 43.231 ahead of Ariana Fontana of Italy and Liu Qiuhong of China.
Shim Suk-hee of South Korea claimed 1,500 for her fifth victory of the season with a time of 2:26.338. Li Jianrou of China was second ahead of Elise Christie of Britain.
SKI CROSS: Poor weather conditions forced the cancellation of the freestyle World Cup ski cross event in Grasgehren, Germany.
David Wise soars to a victory in the halfpipe at the Grand Prix freestyle event in Park City, Utah.