Olympic gold medallist Cassie Sharpe, with parents Chantal and Don. Photo supplied

Golden girl returns

Olympic gold medallist Cassie Sharpe is skiing Saturday at Mount Washington

Vancouver Island’s ‘Golden Girl’ is coming home.

On Saturday, Olympic gold medallist Cassie Sharpe will be skiing at Mount Washington, where she started her skiing career at age six. She won the ladies’ halfpipe at the Pyeongchang Winter Games, posting the top four runs of the competition.

“It will be a fun morning where her friends and the Vancouver Island community can engage with Cassie while she gets some turns in at her home resort,” Mt. Washington’s director of sports Mike Manara said in a statement.

“The support and love from the Island has been incredible,” Sharpe said. “I am pumped up to come back to see everyone, and to get some turns with Mike and anyone who wants to join us.”

Before her ‘Ski with an Olympian’ morning, Sharpe will host a community event Friday evening at Crown Isle, where she will speak about her experiences in Pyeongchang.

The event includes a silent auction, with proceeds benefitting the Vancouver Island Mountain Sports Society (VIMSS).

“It should be a fun event,” said Kevin East, who is helping Cassie’s father, Don, organize the Friday event. “It’s a way to give back to the group (VIMSS) she used as a youngster.”

The Olympic Community Night is free of charge. It runs from 5-8 p.m. Friday.

For full details on both events, visit the Mount Washington website.

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