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Lipscomb makes halfpipe finals

Whistler boarder finishes 11th



Lipscomb makes halfpipe finals

Whistler boarder finishes 11th

By Bob Mackin

BARDONECCHIA, ITALY – Whistler’s Crispin Lipscomb is among the dozen best men’s halfpipe riders in the world.

Lipscomb finished 11 th in the 12-man Olympic final at Bardonecchia Sunday, earning himself funding from Sport Canada so he can look forward to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

“Getting to the finals is the first step to the podium,” Lipscomb said.

More than 6,000 spectators attended the halfpipe as Americans Shaun White and Daniel Kass finished with gold and silver. Bronze went to Finn Markku Koski.

“The conditions were great, the halfpipe softened up for the first time this week,” Lipscomb said. “There were so many Canadians cheering us on. I’m going to take a lot of confidence into the next event.”

His secret? He was wearing a white Vancouver Canucks jersey under his gear, bearing his name and 06. It’s his superstition.

Lipscomb is staying in Italy through Feb. 27 to enjoy some Olympic hockey and some video game-related events at British Columbia Canada Place.