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The women's win went to Virginie Faivre of France while American Maddie Bowman, the top skier so far this year on the pro circuit, placed well back in 11th.
For Hansen, probably the Canadian team's most improved athlete this year, was happy to be on the podium again. "It's really exciting to be on the podium with Roz," she said. "We've both been working really hard this season. She's been really successful and I haven't quite been able to crack the podium yet, so I was really happy to do it here. It just really encourages me that I could really do this and go to the Olympics and (have the) potential for a medal."
For Riddle, who was on the podium a lot at the start of the season and has struggled in the last few contests, a bronze was a good compromise. "Actually, I was just happy to put down a run today because the competitions were tough," he said. "I was so nervous sitting there in third because I knew there were four more guys that are all amazing skiers and if any one of them put down the run I knew they were capable of it would have bumped me. So it was definitely nerve wracking."
Torin Yater Wallace and Gus Kenworthy of the U.S. placed first and second. Noah Bowman also qualified for the finals to place 10th overall, while Matt Margetts and Kristopher Atkinson placed 19th and 26th.
The weather in the mountains surrounding Sochi has been warmer and wetter than usual, and the halfpipe was on the soft and sticky side for competitors. Riddle shared his wins with the team's wax techs for keeping their skis competitive.
Rochon close to podium in aerials
Olivier Rochon was on the World Cup podium five times in 2012 to win the overall World Cup title, but with a new superfinal format in effect and some bad luck with landings he's only earned one bronze medal this season while teammate Travis Gerrits stepped up to earn two medals.
The World Cup test event in Sochi was Rochon's second-to-last chance to get back on the podium this year, and while the day went well for the most part he had to settle for fourth after crashing on his last trick. All of the skiers crashed in fact, but some of the competitors had harder tricks or managed partial recoveries.
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