HUNTSVILLE - Dara Howell’s star keeps on rising.
Dara Howell, right, stands on the medal podium with her bronze medal after placing third at an event in France last week.
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CANADIAN FREESTYLE SKI ASSOCIATION
The 17-year-old Huntsville freestyle skier captured a bronze, with a score of 89.66, at the European X Games at Tignes, France on March 14.
Howell, who was only invited to join the national team last month, was overjoyed with her bronze medal finish.
“I’m really excited, I thought just being at X Games in January and coming sixth was a dream come true; now having a podium is just awesome.”
Howell acknowledged that it was her jumping skills and well-executed tricks like a flatspin 540 that put her on the podium last week.
“I’m not the best at rails, but they were fun in the sunshine here today. I definitely need to work on rails this summer.”
Howell has proven herself to be one of the rising stars in Canada’s freestyle skiing scene. Last February she won silver at the Canada Winter Games in Halifax, then captured two gold at the Canada Post National Freestyle Championships in March at the Mount Saint Louis Moonstone course near Coldwater, Ont.?
She won her medals in the halfpipe and slopestyle skiing open women’s events, which pitted her against some of the country’s top skiers. Howell won her Canada Winter Games silver as a member of Team Ontario in the ages 14 to 18 women’s half-pipe freestyle skiing event.
She is expected to be part of the national team that will compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics, to be held in Russia. The competition will feature the halfpipe competition for the first time. Slopestyle was not added to the games.
She said she also plans to defend her national titles this year.
Skiing has long been a part of Howell’s life, ever since she first took to the hills when she was a mere 18 months old. But it wasn’t until 2010 that she took up the sport of freestyle skiing, and took to the challenges of the activity relatively easily.
— with files courtesy of the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association