Dorey locks up World Cup ski halfpipe season title

Vernon's Justin Dorey wins FIS World Cup men’s ski halfpipe title.

A sixth-place finish was enough to seal the FIS World Cup men’s ski halfpipe title for Vernon Justin Dorey last weekend in Breckenridge, Colo.

Dorey’s steady string of world cup results has been enough for the 25-year-old to claim the crystal globe trophy. He won the previous world cup stop last weekend in Calgary, and recorded a 76.40 for sixth in Colorado.

After a weekend of weather delays, and in heavy snowfall, Mike Riddle of Sherwood Park, Alta. landed a strong first run (85.20) to earn runner-up status in Breckenridge.

American David Wise posted the two highest scores of the day (86.80 and 89.00) for the win. Kevin Rolland of France rounded out the top three on the strength of the final run of the day (82.00).

“I was fortunate to have a good start position today, starting first,” Riddle told the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association.

“With the heavy snowfall, speed was a big factor so to be able to start with the course freshly groomed and with the help of our wax tech Kenny, I was pretty much able to maintain my speed through my entire run which was critical to performance today.”

Dorey is in Park City, Utah this week for a U.S. Grand Prix event, which is the final qualifier for the Winter Olympics, Feb. 7-23, in Sochi, Russia. Dorey is considered a frontrunner to be named to the Canadian contingent.

The Winter X-Games, Jan. 23-26, in Aspen, Colo., is the final big event on the ski halfpipe calendar before Sochi.