Brita Sigourney takes the bronze medal in women's halfpipe

Jessica Allison
February 21, 2018

Instead, Canada's Cassie Sharpe took the top spot, followed by France's Marie Martinod with a silver medal. Their best score of the three will be recorded for the final standings. Not only would she know what she needed to do, there would be the potential for a final-run victory lap: "If I can get another one of those", she said, "that's the best feeling in the world".

Sigourney posted the third best score in qualifying with 90.60, with Drew right behind her in fourth at 86.00.

No one finished within three points of Sharpe's 95.80 out of 100. I saw Cassie do her first 360, her first backflip, win her first medal in competition. Burke's parents and her husband, Rory Bushfield, brought Sarah's ashes to Russian Federation to have them spread across the mountains.

Bowman then required medical attention after suffering a nasty fall at the end of her third run as she failed to lay down any clean routines in the defence of her title and had to settle for an 11th-placed finish out of the 12 skiers. She'd secured a bronze medal-the first Olympic medal for a Santa Catalina alumna. I had a moment when I fell and I was just sliding backwards and I looked back up and I was like: 'You did it. On Sunday, February 18, the cameras will be on the two-man bobsled runs, the men's cross-country skiing 4x10km relay, and the women's freestyle halfpipe skiing.

"It didn't really go as well as I would have hoped", said Logan, 2014 Olympic ski halfpipe silver medalist.

Martinod, who is retiring so she can focus on her family and 8-year-old daughter, Melirose, believes Burke would have been pleased with what went down on the sport's biggest stage.

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Calgary's Rosalind Groenewoud also advanced despite competing with a broken arm.

"It means so much to have their support, their love", said Sharpe.

"I knew she had it as soon as she dropped in", Drew said. She gave up California's beaches for Park City's snowy mountainsides after briefly playing water polo at UC Davis. "And I wouldn't say that she has any failures, but I think that the successes are that much more unbelievable when she experiences them".

And like Burke before her, Sharpe has become an icon to young girls entering the sport.

Martinod, a longtime friend of Burke's who was lured out of possible retirement by Burke when halfpipe entered the Olympics, threw down a 92.60 on her second run.

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