Aspen

Aspen

Winter X Games get underway today in Aspen

Darcy and Cassie Sharpe as well as Spencer O'Brien in action this weekend

The 2016 Winter X Games get underway today (Jan. 28) in Aspen, Colorado and run through to Jan. 31. Three Comox Valley athletes are scheduled to compete.

Fresh off a slopestyle podium sweep in Switzerland, Canada’s national team has their eyes set on X Games gold. A strong Canadian contingent was invited to this year’s X Games.

Darcy Sharpe of Comox, who finished fourth in Switzerland, is one of four Canadians competing in men’s snowboard slopestyle and big air while Spencer O’Brien of Courtenay (sixth in Switzerland) is the only Canadian woman competing in snowboard slopestyle.

The Canadian Freestyle Ski Association notes the X Games will not feature any qualifiers. Each event will have one final and a best-of-three run format. A total of 12 men will compete in each of the ski superpipe and slopestyle competitions. The women’s field will feature only eight in each event.

You can follow snowboarders Sharpe and O’Brien and freestyle skier Cassie Sharpe, and all the Canadian athletes, at http://xgames.espn.go.com/xgames/

Local Trio in Action

O’Brien is entered in the women’s snowboard slopestyle final on Friday, Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. MT. The 27-year-old is described as one of the most progressive female slopestyle riders on the scene. Always a favourite for the podium, O’Brien  has earned four XG medals (1 silver, 3 bronze) in her 10 appearances.

She became the first female to land a 900 in X Games competition when she stomped a backside 900 off the Money Booter at XG Aspen 2015. She says that her 10th year competing at X Games Aspen is a big milestone for her and that she’d love to finally score X Games gold, but that her biggest goal is to ride her best and be happy with that, no matter the outcome.

Both the Sharpes are making their X Games debut.

Darcy, 19, is described as a serious threat in Aspen – he was named Toyota Athlete of the Year at the Breckenridge Dew Tour in 2015 after locking down his second-consecutive streetstyle win and a third in slopestyle.

He is scheduled to compete in the men’s snowboard slopestyle final on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 12 p.m. MT and the big air final on Friday, Jan. 29 at 8:15 p.m. MT.

Cassie, 23, is entered in the women’s ski superpipe final on Friday Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. MT. The overall 2015 FIS World Cup halfpipe champion scored a second place at the Dec. 2015 Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado despite tearing ligaments in her left thumb during training.

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Rev. Sulin Milne at St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Comox is part of those helping distribute food to those in need within the town. Photo by Jim Peacock
Comox church serving the community with food through COVID-19

“We knew there were so many people who were facing economic challenges …”

Cole Moore with one of his sisters, Jasmin Moore. Photo supplied
Courtenay man looks to brain surgery for second chance

Cole Moore’s sister sets up GoFundMe to help father looking after brother

Comox Valley RCMP had access to 20 Street blocked off between Cousins and Choquette avenues as they conducted a raid of a house on the block. Photo by Terry Farrell
Nineteen people arrested, charges expected in Courtenay house raid

Investigators are continuing to comb through evidence seized

Demonstrators gathered Friday, March 5 at the Courtenay Court House, demanding protection of old-growth forests. Scott Stanfield photo
Concerned citizens march in Courtenay in name of old-growth rainforests

The Comox Valley is one of the B.C. communities engaged in mobilization… Continue reading

LUSH Valley’s partnership with School District 71 this past year helped feed 200 students and families through the Good Food Box program. Screenshot, LUSH Valley/Comox Valley Schools video
LUSH Valley-Comox Valley School Good Food Boxes fed 200 families in 2020

Non-profit organization is looking for new ways to collaborate with school district

The James C Richardson Pipe Band marches in a Remembrance Day parade on Nov. 11, 2019 in Chilliwack. Wednesday, March 10 is International Bagpipe Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of March 7 to 13

International Bagpipe Day, Wash Your Nose Day and Kidney Day are all coming up this week

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

More than ever before, as pandemic conditions persist, the threat of data breaches and cyberattacks continues to grow, according to SFU professor Michael Parent. (Pixabay photo)
SFU expert unveils 5 ways the COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed cybersecurity

Recognizing these changes is the first in a series of steps to mitigate them once the pandemic ends, and before the next: Michael Parent

The CVRD building in Courtenay.
Comox Valley organizations in need receive funding

The Comox Valley Regional Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has approved $55,000 in… Continue reading

Malawian police guard AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines after the shipment arrived in Lilongwe, Malawi, Friday March 5, 2021. Canada is expecting its first shipments of AstraZeneca vaccine next week. (Associated Press/Thoko Chikondi)
B.C.’s daily COVID-19 cases climb to 634 Friday, four more deaths

Currently 255 people in hospital, 66 in intensive care

A crashed helicopter is seen near Mt. Gardner on Bowen Island on Friday March 5, 2021. Two people were taken to hospital in serious but stable condition after the crash. (Irene Paulus/contributed)
2 people in serious condition after helicopter goes down on Bowen Island

Unclear how many passengers aboard and unclear where the helicopter was going

Surrey Pretrial in Newton. (Photo: Tom Zytaruk)
B.C. transgender inmate to get human rights hearing after being held in mostly male jail

B.C. Human Rights Tribunal member Amber Prince on March 3 dismissed the pretrial’s application to have Makayla Sandve’s complaint dismissed

Supporters rally outside court as Pastor James Coates of GraceLife Church is in court to appeal bail conditions, after he was arrested for holding day services in violation of COVID-19 rules, in Edmonton, Alta., on Thursday March 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
‘Law remains valid:’ Pastor accused of violating health orders to remain in jail

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is representing the pastor

A virtual public hearing for a rezoning application for a Comox property was held on March 3. Black Press file photo
No comments at public hearing for Anderton Road rezoning application

The virtual public hearing was held on March 3 for the Comox properties

Most Read