Canadian freestyle skier Mark Hendrickson wins slopestyle gold

Canadian freestyle skier Mark Hendrickson wins slopestyle gold

Canada's Mark Hendrickson won his first-ever World Cup slopestyle skiing medal on Saturday, taking gold in Font Romeu, France.

The Calgary skier — whose previous best finish at a World Cup event was 10th — scored a 86.30 on his first run that stood up as the winner.

"I didn't really expect that at all," Hendrickson said after the event. "I know it's cliche, but I'm at a loss for words."

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Jesper Tjader of Sweden (85.70) took silver while American Cody Laplante (83.45) won bronze.

Elena Gaskell was the top Canadian finisher on the women's side in eighth place, followed by Olivia Asselin in ninth.

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