Laurie Blouin holds up her medal and hugs her snowboard at the X Games.Photo: Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images
Photo: Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images

X Games: Team Canada reaches four podiums on opening day in Aspen

Canada is off to an Xciting start at the X Games in Aspen, Colorado. On Friday, four Canadians landed on the podium on the competition’s opening day.

Freestyle skier Megan Oldham and snowboarder Laurie Blouin claimed silver and bronze in the morning, while Cassie Sharpe and Rachael Karker completed a double podium in the evening.

Oldham won silver in the women’s ski big air event, her second career X Games medal. At last year’s X Games Norway, she won gold in this event. On the podium with her in Aspen was winner Mathilde Gremaud of Switerzland and Eileen Gu of China in third.

Megan Oldham mid-air during a run for the women's ski big air competition at the X Games.

Aspen, CO – January 29, 2021 – Buttermilk Mountain: Megan Oldham competing in Women’s Ski Big Air during X Games Aspen 2021 (Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

RELATED: Megan Oldham wins first World Cup gold and slopestyle Crystal Globe

For the first competition of the day, Laurie Blouin won bronze in the women’s snowboard slopestyle event. She joined Jamie Anderson of the United States and Zoi Sadowski-Synnott of New Zealand on the podium, who won gold and silver respectively. Ranked fifth after her first three runs, Blouin managed a solid fourth and final run which allowed her to place third.

This is the first podium of the season for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic medallist, who has won numerous medals in slopestyle and big air events in recent years, both on the World Cup circuit and at the X Games. At last year’s X Games in Aspen, Blouin won silver in the same event. She also has a gold in the snowboard big air event, won at the 2019 X Games.

Later in the day, Cassie Sharpe and Rachael Karker reached the women’s ski superpipe podium, winning silver and bronze respectively. They stood on the podium with China’s Eileen Gu, who claimed her second medal of the day as the winner of the event.

Sharpe has claimed five X Game medals over the course of her career including two gold, two bronze and Friday’s silver. At last year’s Aspen X Games, the 28-year-old won finished third in the superpipe competition.

Karker’s bronze marker her third career X Games medal. She previously took home silver in Aspen last year and bronze in 2019.

All the action from Aspen will continue on Saturday with women’s ski slopestyle, women’s snowboard big air, men’s snowboard slopestyle and men’s ski big air.