Sports Shorts: Seasons End In Style
A golden end to a superb career: Snowboard legend Jasey-Jay Anderson knows how to go out on top. The 2010 Olympic gold medallist won his final race, beating out teammate Matthew Morison in the final of the World Cup parallel giant slalom race in Spain—his last ever race. The win was the 27th of his World Cup career and the 61st podium.
Snowboard superstars earn Crystal Globes: Maëlle Ricker’s bronze-medal finish in the snowboard cross race in Spain clinched the Overall Crystal Globe in women’s snowboarding. Ricker, also a 2010 gold medallist, is the first Canadian woman snowboarder to win an overall World Cup title. Her halfpipe teammate Justin Lamoureux earned a Crystal Globe of his own, finishing atop the World Cup standings in the pipe. Lamoureux is the first Canadian man to win the halfpipe crown.
Canadians skate to World Championship medals: Canadian speed skaters brought home a multitude of medals from World Championships this weekend. Kristina Groves finished second in the final classification for the long track team. On the short track side, the women’s 3,000 m relay, François Hamelin and Kalyna Roberge (500 m) team took silver, while Marianne St-Gelais and François-Louis Tremblay earned bronze in the 500 m.
Wilkinson Wins NCAA: 2008 Olympian Julia Wilkinson won the 100 m freestyle at the NCAA championships in Indiana. The Stratford, Ontario, native finishes her career as the most-decorated swimmer in Texas A&M history earning seven All-America awards at the 2010 championships and 23 overall.
Women’s World Curling Championships Start in Saskatchewan: Team Canada, led by skip Jennifer Jones, looks to cap the women’s curling season with a World Championship on home ice in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. The tournament features six of the 12 teams that competed in the Olympic tournament in Vancouver and crowns a champion March 28. Kevin Koe leads Team Canada into the men’s tournament April 3-11 in Italy.