Ancaster’s Mikey Ciccarelli has won a Gold medal for Canada at the first Winter Youth Olympics in Austria. The 15-year-old captured the medal in today’s (Thursday, Jan. 19) final of the slopestyle snowboarding event.
Until the very last moment it seemed that halfpipe Gold medallist Ben Ferguson of the United States was going to take home his second Gold of the Innsbruck 2012 Winter Youth Olympics, this time in Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle.
Then, on the very last kicker, Ciccarelli stomped a huge backside 1080 double-cork in what was the most remarkable air of the day. The glorious finish gave Ciccarelli the Gold medal with a score of 94.25 points. Ferguson claimed Silver with 90.25.
“I had nothing to lose, I just decided to go for it,” said Ciccarelli. “It turned out good though, yeah?”
The Ancaster teen was the top qualifier and therefore had the last run of the day. When Ferguson notched an 87.50 for his second run, Ciccarelli knew he had to push his limits to take Gold. He cranked up the volume on his headphones, pushed out of the starting area, and laid down the best run of a hotly-contested competition.
“He’s awesome, that was sick for sure,” said Ferguson in praise of his competitor. The America, who noted that many of the Innsbruck 2012 competitors are close friends because of the time they spend together taking part in junior competitions, cheered for the Canadian in the finish area.
Six competitors scored above 80, and a cluster of scores in the mid-80s filled out the top five.
Canadian Tyler Nicholson scored an 84.00 for sixth place.