Local hero won the men's aerial World Cup in Calgary
Local boy Warren Shouldice wowed his hometown crowd with two enormous triple backflips and landed on top of the podium at the FIS World Cup in Calgary today.
Shouldice, who has gone by the moniker “Wookie” since his second year on the team, eight years ago, wears a lucky t-shirt that reads “let the Wookie win” under his team jacket every contest day. Today the t-shirt, and the man in it, did his job to perfection and scored a total of 244.90.
Shouldice seemed a little taken aback by the emotions of winning at home, he said, “I grew up in Calgary, started jumping in Red Deer—I’ve lived here my entire life. I can’t believe that we got a world cup and I can’t believe that I won the thing".
“I had no idea it would be so special until it happened. I thought it was just another World Cup stop, but now having won it at home, it’s so much more—it’s one of the best days of my life and I’m going to remember it forever, so I’m just on cloud nine.”
Taking second place in the men’s aerials was Switzerland’s Renato Ulrich at 243.01 and Scotty Bahrke of the USA was third, taking home his first World Cup medal at 229.57.
In women’s aerials, China brought in the top two scores with Shuang Cheng scoring 187.23 and Mengtao Xu at 186.65. Olga Volkova of the Ukraine was third at 175.40.
Contributed by Canadian Freestyle Ski Federation