Ancaster’s Ciccarelli has strong showing at snowboards

Michael Ciccarelli (Photo: Canadian Olympic Committee)

Michael Ciccarelli (Photo: Canadian Olympic Committee)

KREISCHBERG, Austria – Michael Ciccarelli of Ancaster, Ont., just missed the podium with a fifth place finish in the Big Air competition to conclude the FIS World Snowboard Championships.

And a bout with injuries this season didn’t deter Canada’s Darcy Sharpe Saturday (Jan. 24) as he won the silver medal in the competitions.

The Comox, B.C., resident earned solid scores on both his jumps to finish with 169.50 points while Roope Tonteri of Finland was the winner at 173.75. Kyle Mack of the U.S. was third at 163.50. Sharpe, fourth in the slopestyle event here last week, stomped a switch backside 1260 and a frontside double 1280 nosegrab.

‘’It feels pretty good,’’ said Sharpe,19, whose older sister Cassie won a silver in the freestyle ski slopestyle on Thursday. ‘’I was happy to land my runs. Those were the best I can do right now after coming off some big injuries. It’s a big confidence boost.’’

Canadians Michael Roy and Matts Kulisek rounded out the Canadian contingent placing 19th and 22nd in the big air event.

Canada won two medals in the snowboard competition at the worlds. Friday, Kevin Hill of Vernon, B.C., took silver in the men’s snowboardcross.

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