Who is Cassie Sharpe?
Cassie Sharpe was born in 1992. She is a Canadian freestyle skier and is currently the reigning Olympic champion in women's half pipe. Sharpe recently won gold in Pyeongchang, South Korea at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. She won a silver medal at the 2015 World Championships in half pipe in Kreischberg and has also won gold and bronze medals in super pipe at the Winter X Games in 2016 and 2018 respectively.
Sharpe is the sister of snowboarder Darcy Sharpe. She now currently lives in North Vancouver. Sharpe is nicknamed as Cass by her friends and family. The athlete partner is Justin Dorey. She can speak English language only. She trained under coach Trennon Paynter on the national level.
Her brother Darcy has represented Canada in snowboarding, and also winning silver medal in big air at the 2015 World Championships in Kreischberg, Austria. Her partner Justin Dorey competed for Canada in freestyle skiing [half pipe] at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
Sharpe broke her thumb at the 2018 Winter X Games in Aspen, CO, United States of America. The injury occurred when in order to compete at the event, she had to tape the pole to her hand but still managed to finish in third place in super pipe.
She suffered a stress fracture to her lower back in December 2015. She returned to competition the following month.
She has broken both thumbs on a number of occasions since taking up half pipe. Sharpe began skiing at age nine because her father worked as director of business operations for Mount Washington Alpine Resort in Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. "Growing up, we spent a lot of time on the mountain because my dad worked there. My brothers and I would go up with him early in the morning to ski every weekend."
Her most memorable achievement was winning gold in half pipe at the 2016 Winter X Games Europe in Oslo, Norway. She believes in the philosophy, "Fear is not real. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist. That is near insanity. Do not misunderstand me, danger is very real but fear is a choice."
Career of the skier
Sharpe was raised in Comox, British Columbia on Vancouver Island and learned how to ski with her family. She held her skiis for the first time with her brothers at age 11. Her parents enrolled her in 'Bumps and Jumps' at Mount Washington in 2004. Sharpe participated in moguls, aerials, and slopestyle in her early years. Later she won her first half pipe event in 2012 which got her into this sport as a profession.
Sharpe announced her arrival on the international circuit in half pipe when she won silver medal at the 2015 World Championships. She would say of her last run and coaching later that "I went big for the last run and brought all the pieces together that I've worked so hard for. We had a crazy training camp in Calgary before coming here and my coaches were amazing. They made me a better skier in a week and I owe my consistency to them".
Some discounted her win as most of the competitive skiers were at Winter X Games XIX that year, which was scheduled at the same time as the World Championships. Sharpe later backed up her podium pedigree with a gold medal win on the 2014–15 FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup; to end the season. She also was placed in the second position in the Breckenridge Dew Tour in 2015.
Sharpe made her X Games debut in January 2016 where she placed fourth. Unfortunately, she was competing with a stress fracture in her back, which she knew nothing about and that occurred in December 2015 but was only diagnosed by an MRI scan after the X Games. Wearing a back brace Sharpe later won gold at Winter X Games Oslo in 2016.
She followed up her X Games Gold with a World Cup gold again at the event in Tignes, France. While qualifying in Tignes, she again broke her thumb after a fall but she taped up her thumb and later in the event became the first woman who could ever manage to land a switch cork 720 in competition. She later had a surgery to reconnect the ligament and remove a bone fragment in her thumb.
In the beginning of the 2017–18 World Cup season, Sharpe won the half pipe event at Cardrona, New Zealand. She also won gold in Snowmass, Colorado and a gold medal on the Dew Tour.
Recently, at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, Sharpe participated in her first Olympics. Sharpe qualified first overall for the half pipe final. She won a gold medal in half pipe. She credited her Olympic training to practicing every day, saying of her frequent practices that it was "so much to the point that I'm like 'I don't want to anymore, I want to have fun.' But it is fun for me. My job is my favorite thing to do" said the Olympic Champion in an interview.
The net worth of the Olympian is currently under review.
Cassie Sharpe tweets and uploads her recent photos on her Twitter handle @CassieSharpe. One can follow her on her Twitter handle to get more news, updates and recent photos of her competitions.