Reigning Olympic champion Cassie Sharpe suffered a concussion at the season’s first event in Cardrona back in August, only making her return to competition at last week’s X Games in Aspen, where she finished third.
In her comeback to the WC on Saturday Cassie Sharpe stepped it up another notch, putting down a first of three runs that included a right side 900 safety, left 900 tail, right 720 safety, switch left 360 mute, right side flare safety, and finally a massive and perfect left side 1080 tail to finish things off, earning her a score of 90 and the eighth World Cup win of her career.
Second place on the day went to Valeriya Demidova of Russia, as the 19-year-old put down a storming second run that included her signature right side flare truck driver, left and right 720s, and a switch alley-oop 360 mute to finish things off.
With the win, Valeriya Demidova extended her lead atop the women’s halfpipe World Cup standings, and now holds 285 points to Zhang Kexin’s 240 with just one competition left to go in the 2019/20 World Cup season.
Third place, meanwhile, went to Cassie Sharpe’s Canadian teammate Rachael Karker, who boosted some of the most consistently large airs of the day - including a right side 900 to left side 900 combo, and a corked left 720 safety - for a score of 88.00 and her third podium in three 2019/20 World Cups.