Lipscomb, Pesko win at World Cup halfpipe

Kyodo

Canadian Crispin Lipscomb and Manuela Laura Pesko of Switzerland won the halfpipe titles of the World Cup Furano meet on Saturday, while Japan’s Takahiro Ishihara and Soko Yamaoka finished runnerup.

News photoCanadian Crispin Lipscomb performs at a World Cup halfpipe meet in Furano.

Lipscomb claimed his first career title on the World Cup circuit after collecting 45.5 points for his second run in the final, holding off Ishihara by 1.3 points. Ishihara rebounded from a blunder in his first run to post the first podium finish of his World Cup career.

Germany’s Jan Michaelis took third with 41.7 points, the highest mark in the first run of the final.

All Japanese riders who ran in the Turin Olympics last month slumped in the men’s event, with Domu Narita finishing ninth, Takaharu Nakai 10th and Kazuhiro Kokubo 12th.

In the women’s final, Pesko earned 38.0 points in her second run following a disastrous first run that put her at the bottom on her way to winning her third World Cup title of the season.

Yamaoka gained 36.4 points in the second run and fellow Japanese Shiho Nakashima followed in third with 34.2 in an event that missed many of the world’s top riders, including the Americans who dominated in the Turin Olympics.