Alex Ferreira Finishes Second At Final Event, Clinches Overall Halfpipe Skiing World Cup Title

By Karen Price | March 22, 2018, 4:24 p.m. (ET)

Alex Ferreira competes in men's halfpipe skiing at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on Feb. 22, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea. 

 

Halfpipe skier Alex Ferreira capped off a momentous 2017-18 season with a second-place finish at the world cup event in Tignes, France, and, more importantly, the overall world cup title in halfpipe.

Fellow Olympian Brita Sigourney placed third in the women’s event and ends the season ranked second overall in the world cup standings. 

Ferreira, who won the silver medal at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 last month, scored 92.20 points to finish second in Thursday’s event behind Canada’s Noah Bowman. Ferreira was sixth in last year’s world cup halfpipe standings and had never finished the year higher than fifth, which he accomplished in 2016. This season he finished just ahead of friend and two-time Olympic gold medalist David Wise and two-time Olympian Aaron Blunck, giving the U.S. a sweep of the top three spots and six athletes in the top 10 of the rankings. 

Last Friday, Ferreira was honored in his hometown of Aspen, Colorado, for his Olympic medal-winning performance.

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In the women’s halfpipe, two-time Olympian Sigourney finished in third place with 88.40 points behind leader Cassie Sharpe of Canada, who wrapped up the overall title to go along with her Olympic gold medal, and France's Marie Martinod. Sigourney, who won the bronze medal in PyeongChang, finished second overall in the world cup standings. Sigourney won the overall world cup titles in 2011 and 2012. She was seventh in 2017.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.