USA Earns Gold & Bronze in Women’s Snowboard Halfpipe

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 12, 2014 6:43 pm

USA earned gold and bronze medals today, sweeping the Women’s Snowboard Halfpipe event with 1st, 3rd and 4th place finishes at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.

Team USA athlete Kaitlyn Farrington (Sun Valley, ID) earned the Halfpipe gold medal while teammate Kelly Clark (West Dover, VT) took bronze Wednesday night during a fierce firefight in the Rosa Khutor halfpipe. The 2010 gold medalist, Australian snowboarder Torah Bright, won silver after a clean second run on her Olympic return in Sochi.

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The Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games podium for Women’s Halfpipe Snowboarding. Photo: Sarah Brunson | U.S. Snowboarding

Farrington’s gold medal run started out with the “pop tart” – airing from fakie to forward without rotation, followed by a switch backside 720, backside 900, alley-oop 540, backside 540, and frontside 720.

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Torah Bright (AUS), Kaitlyn Farrington (USA) and Kelly Clark (USA) celebrate an Olympic podium finish in Sochi. Photo: NBC Olympics

“I can’t believe I was sitting there in front of the last three gold medalists,” said gold medalist Kaitlyn Farrington. “It’s crazy. Snowboarding is changing so much. It’s anybody’s game on any day.

“I come out to each contest and I try to do a different run and that’s my approach to it. Sitting at the bottom I was stoked I landed my run and once I knew I was going to be on the podium I was happy. I was hoping to make the finals, that was my main goal, and then during finals I thought if I land a good run I might be on the podium. So to come out on top–I just can’t believe it.”

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Clark is also a four-time gold medalist in the X-Games Superpipe. Photo: ESPN Images

“This is Kelly’s fourth Olympics and she’s such an inspiration to all of us girls,” said teammate and gold medal winner, Farrington. “She was the first lady to land a frontside 1080 and she just keeps pushing the sport. She’s such a strong rider and she’s been killing it all year. She’s an amazing person as well and she’s coached us young kids through this whole process and it’s been great.”

Kelly Clark has now medaled in the last three out of four Olympic Winter Games and has collected more Olympic medals than any other snowboarder in history with two her bronze and one gold. She was the top Olympic qualifying for the US Snowboarding Team after winning the Mammoth Grand Prix in California.

“I’m pretty excited for the medals ceremony. If I didn’t win, I’m glad someone from the U.S. did because we’re going to get to see our flag raised and hear our national anthem.

“It was much easier for me to have the rest today. I was really hoping to make it straight through to finals, because I know I’m much better rested. I talked to Kaitlyn last night and she said, ‘I’m going to plan on riding all day.’ And I’m like, ‘Great. It’ll be bonus if you don’t have to.’ Yet, she rode all day and still put it down. It’s awesome.”

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Hannah Teter qualified for the Olympics with a podium finish at the Mammoth Grand Prix. Photo: Ski Channel | Shannon Quirk

Three Americans landed in the top four in total, with Hannah Teter (Belmont, VT) finishing fourth after getting bumped off the podium by Clark’s progressive second run that included a huge frontside 1080.

Team USA halfpipe snowboarding athlete Arielle Gold (Steamboat Springs, CO) didn’t compete in the day’s event after falling in a training run and suffering a shoulder injury just prior to the start of heat two of qualifications.

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The US Snowboarding Team set the bar a bit higher for the sport. Photo: Ski Channel | Shannon Quirk

The riveting final will be featured on NBC’s primetime Olympic coverage Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. EST and can be streamed in its entirety on NBCOlympics.com.

WOMEN’S SNOWBOARD HALFPIPE FINAL RESULTS, SOCHI 2014 OLYMPICS:

Run 1
Run 2
Best
Gold
85.75
91.75
91.75
Silver
58.25
91.50
91.50
Bronze
48.25
90.75
90.75
4
90.50
26.75
90.50
5
47.75
85.50
85.50

The snowboarding medal events continue Sunday Feb. 16 with women’s snowboardcross qualifications and finals, where Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, VT) will fight for her second Olympic medal.

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