USA Takes Gold and Bronze in Ladies Snowboarding Halfpipe
Silver medalist Torah Bright of Australia, gold medalist Kaitlyn Farrington and bronze medalist Kelly Clark of the United States Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
Team USA athlete Kaitlyn Farrington, Sun Valley, ID, earned the halfpipe snowboarding gold medal while teammate Kelly Clark, West Dover, VT, took bronze Wednesday night during a fierce firefight in the Rosa Khutor halfpipe. 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.
Three Americans landed in the top four with Hannah Teter of Belmont, VT finishing fourth after getting bumped off the podium by Clark’s progressive second run that included a huge frontside 1080. The 2010 gold medalist and Australian halfpipe force Torah Bright won the silver medal. 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. Farrington’s tricks on her gold medal run were the Pop tart, switch backside 720, backside 900, alley-oop 540, backside 540, and a frontside 720.
Kaitlyn Farrington, Photo: Elle
"I can’t believe it." Farrington said, "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. I can’t believe I was sitting there in front of the last three gold medalists. It’s crazy. Snowboarding is changing so much. It’s anybody’s game on any day."
I used to do swim team when I was a kid and my coach used to tell me to ‘cowgirl up,’ and it was just kind of this theme of everything. I grew up on a ranch in Idaho and so that’s just the other girls’ joke with me, to ‘cowgirl up.’