Freestyle Skiing

The Canadian Press - Saturday Dec. 21, 2013 17:45 ET

Dara Howell wins slopestyle Grand Prix in Colorado

Huntsville, Ont., native takes pre-Olympic skiing Grand Prix event

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Dara Howell, slopestyle, won X Games in 2013 and won silver at World Championships in Voss, Norway.  This season, she won a World Cup at Copper Mountain in Colorado and finished second at the final Olympic qualifier in Park City, Utah. Howell currently leads the overall World Cup slopestyle standings. (Julie Jacobson/Associated Press)
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Dara Howell of Huntsville, Ont., won gold in slopestyle at a pre-Olympic skiing Grand Prix in Colorado with 87.6 points on Saturday at Copper Mountain, Colo.

American Darian Stevens took second place with 85.4 points while Grete Eliassen, also of the U.S., won bronze with 83.4.

Nikki Blackall of Barrie, Ont., was sixth.

Howell said she was able to stick to her routine despite slow conditions on the track following snowfall Friday night and Saturday morning.

"I was actually lucky enough to be able to stick to the run that I wanted to do and thankfully, the speed was OK and I landed on my feet," the 19-year-old said.

Up next for Howell is a week off for the holidays before getting right back to training for the next Grand Prix event in Breckenridge, Colo., in January.

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