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Canadian freestyle skier Evan McEachran wins X Games slopestyle bronze

Canadian freestyle skier Evan McEachran reached the X Games podium a second consecutive year taking bronze in men’s slopestyle Sunday.

The 23-year-old from Oakville, Ont., placed third behind winner Nick Goepper of the U.S., and silver medalist Ferdinand Dahl of Norway.

McEachern took silver in the event in 2020. The Canadian has competed in one slopestyle World Cup this season back in November.

The COVID-19 pandemic that has decimated the international competition calendar also had him competing in front of zero fanatics Sunday at Buttermilk Mountain’s terrain park.

“It feels really good to be on the podium here two years in a row and add another one to the start of the collection,” McEachran stated.

“Obviously we didn’t have too many contests since last year’s X Games. Kind of came here not knowing what to think or what to expect, but just got here and kind of put that out of my mind, skied the best I could and manage the course.

“It’s definitely a different vibe from last years without a crowd down here. I miss the fans at the bottom. It’s kind of a nice pump of energy. We kind just had a good vibe. We were just cheering each other and watching each other lace up and it felt good.”

McEachern’s Canadian teammate Alex Beaulieu-Marchand of Quebec City was fourth Sunday.

Deteriorating conditions Saturday on Buttermilk Mountain required the postponement of men’s snowboard slopestyle and women’s snowboard big air to Sunday.

Canadians won two silver medals and four bronze in Aspen this year.

Freestyle skier Megan Oldham of Parry Sound, Ont., acquired silver in big air and bronze in slopestyle.

Cassie Sharpe of Comox, B.C., and Rachael Karker of Erin, Ont., won silver and bronze respectively in halfpipe.

Snowboarder Laurie Blouin of Stoneham, Que., was a bronze medalist in women’s slopestyle. She finished just off the podium in fourth in the delayed women’s big air Sunday.

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