Canada's Cassie Sharpe left little doubt in the Bokwang Phoenix Park halfpipe, capping her unstoppable Olympic run with a gold medal in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games women's halfpipe skiing final.
For the rest of the 12-woman field it was truly a battle for second, with French veteran Marie Martinod skiing to silver in her last ever event and American Brita Sigourney relying on a strong second run to capture bronze.
Sharpe never sat anywhere lower than first place through qualifying, a dominant streak that she continued into the medal round, stomping her massive signature left-side 1080 — a trick done by only one other skier in the Olympic field — on both her first and second runs to secure her place in history. After scoring a 95.8 on her second run, the 25-year-old Canadian wrapped up the gold before dropping in for her third, finishing off one of the most complete performances in the 2018 PyeongChang Games.
For France's Martinod, it was a farewell painted in silver, as the 33-year-old skied her way into second position in the final competition of her 15-year career. One of the original members that pushed halfpipe skiing into the Olympics, Martinod proved she still had something left to give on the big stage, bumping her way onto the podium with massive amplitude and a bevy of tricks above the pipe's 22-foot walls.
Much of the day's drama came in the battle for third, which saw Americans Sigourney and Annalisa Drew neck-and-neck into the final hit. After Drew put down a strong third run to briefly jump into third position, Sigourney took back bronze with a lofty left 900 tail grab, alley-oop 540, left-side 540, and right side 720. After a disappointing 2014 campaign in Sochi, the 28-year-old proved that (when healthy) she is still one of the best in the business.
Unfortunately, her teammate and former Olympic gold medalist Maddie Bowman, was unable to add to her medal count, going down in all three runs of her finals bid. The fourth American competitor, Devin Logan, completed history by becoming the first American to ski in both the slopestyle and halfpipe in the same Olympic Games, did not qualify for the finals.
Next up, the men take to the pipe for qualifiers on Tuesday ahead of the men's halfpipe ski finals on Thursday.
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