Freestyle Skiing

The Canadian Press - Saturday Dec. 21, 2013 10:01 ET

Justin Dorey 4th in ski halfpipe at Copper Mountain

Mike Riddle and Matt Margetts also in top 10

Canada's Justin Dorey finished 4th in the men's ski halfpipe finals at Copper Mountain in Colorado on Friday, Dec. 21. Dorey is returning from injury and looks to earn a spot on the Canadian team in Sochi.(Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

Canada's Justin Dorey placed fourth at the Grand Prix halfpipe skiing competition in Colorado on Friday night, finishing less than four points off the podium in the pre-Olympic event.

And though the 25-year-old says fourth place is generally the toughest result to swallow, Dorey was more than happy with his 86.2 points.

"Fourth place is almost more frustrating than crashing both runs because you're so close to the podium, but I've never been so happy with fourth," said Dorey, who was born in Calgary but now resides in Whistler, B.C.

"I can use that for one of my qualifier results for the Olympics and that's definitely my priority heading into the Games."

American Aaron Blunck took gold with 92.0 points, followed by Kevin Rolland of France, and Gus Kenworthy of the U.S. with 90.2 and 90 points, respectively. Simon Dumont, the two-time X Games halfpipe champion who pulled out last week with a concussion, finished fifth.

After a safe first run, Dorey landed two double-cork 1260's in his second run to finish fourth in the 12-man event.

"I'm still playing it pretty safe," said Dorey, who missed part of last season after having surgery to repair damaged ligaments in his left shoulder. "I have one or two other double-flips that I want to put into my run.

"Those are the most technical tricks you can do in the halfpipe these days. Typically a winning run will have two doubles, but there have been runs with three and that's definitely where the sport is going right now."

Sherwood Park, Alta., native Mike Riddle placed seventh with 80.40 points, while Victoria's Matt Margetts finished 10th.

In the women's event, American Brita Sigourney took first place after finishing third last week. Maddie Bowman, also of the U.S., finished second.

Megan Gunning was the only Canadian in the women's field. The 21-year-old Calgary resident placed 12th.


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