Courtenay freestyle skier to compete in halfpipe at World Cup race

Courtenay-raised freestyle skier Dillan Glennie has earned her way to the FIS World Cup February in Calgary, where she will compete in halfpipe.

The 19-year-old is coming off a busy — and successful — season in halfpipe and slopestyle. Last year, she had a number of top placings at NorAm events, including runner-up finishes at the Stoneham, Que. halfpipe, Le Relais slopestyle and the Canada Olympic Park slopestyle.

“Last season I ended by finishing third for the overall Slopestyle NorAm Cup, and fourth for the overall Halfpipe NorAm Cup,” said Glennie, a 2018 graduate from Vanier Secondary.

“This was an accumulation of all the NorAm events for the season.”

She also won a freeski halfpipe gold medal at the Australian New Zealand Cup last February, and a silver medal in halfpipe last March at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta. Her score of 89.8 in qualifying was the highest posted score of the competition.

Glennie had been training with the WinSport High Performance Team at the beginning of the season but is now skiing on the B.C. Team. However, she mostly trains in Calgary, where she lives.

“The NextGen (national B) team coaches have been helping me out tons. I have been training with them on and off the slope.”

She hopes to someday find herself standing on an Olympic podium.

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