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Canadians stand tall in North Face pipe contest

Groenewoud tops women's event, Riddle fourth



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Groenewoud said it was an emotional week, which is one of the reasons she wanted to compete.

"I always feel best when I'm competing, I feel better than I feel doing almost anything else," she said. "You have just one task to accomplish and the whole world kind of shuts off for a minute. That's the main reason I competed, to get my mind off of everything that's going on and focus on having a clean run without a lot of distraction."

The sport also received a lot of negative attention, with some media suggesting that the sport may be too dangerous. Groenewoud doesn't think so.

"I think that what most people don't realize is that the most dangerous thing that any of us do each day is drive to the mountain. Our sport is not nearly as dangerous as driving a car in winter conditions and it's a hell of a lot more fun," she said.

"We all realize the risk we take as pro athletes, but we wouldn't do it if there wasn't a reason. It's the best feeling in the world, and none of us are going to give it up despite the negative attention."

Like most athletes, Kenworthy was confident that Burke would recover, and said that the injury was motivating for the skiers.

"It's hard to see an athlete go through something like that, but I know Sarah is so strong and she's going to pull through. This injury seems huge right now but in the grand scheme of things I think she'll come through and be unscathed by it. There's a ton of the support in the industry."

Kenworthy said the negative publicity wouldn't matter as the sport becomes more mainstream through events like the X Games and Olympics.

"People always think our sport is racing or moguls or aerials or wannabe snowboarders or whatever ... but I think it is slowly getting broadcast to a wider audience, and eventually will be mainstream — and people will know the sport."