Canada's Rachael Karker captures ski halfpipe gold for her 1st World Cup victory

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Freestyle skier Rachael Karker, of Erin, Ont., collected her first World Cup gold medal on Sunday, scoring 93.25 on her third and final run in women's halfpipe in Aspen, Colo.  (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/File - image credit)
Freestyle skier Rachael Karker, of Erin, Ont., collected her first World Cup gold medal on Sunday, scoring 93.25 on her third and final run in women's halfpipe in Aspen, Colo. (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/File - image credit)

Rachael Karker earned her first career World Cup victory Sunday, scoring 93.25 points on her third and final run in women's freeski halfpipe in Aspen, Colo.

Zoe Atkin of Great Britain was second (91.50) and Brita Sigourney of the United States third (89.00).

Karker, 23, also won halfpipe silver in Aspen on March 12 at the freestyle world championships.

"I'm really happy, this is the perfect way to end the season," Karker said. "We only had three contests this year, but I'm super happy to land a spot on all three podiums."

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Amy Fraser of Calgary was ninth.

In the men's event, Calgary's Brendan MacKay scored 95.00 in a silver-medal performance.

American Aaron Blunck won with 96.50 points while New Zealand's Nico Porteous (94.50) rounded out the medal podium.

"I think this puts me in a good place for next season and it would be really awesome to go to the Olympics so fingers crossed," Mackay said.

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