2014 Winter Olympics

Olympic Freestyle Skiing 2014: Live Results, Highlights of Women's Slopestyle

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 11:  Dara Howell of Canada reacts to her score in the Freestyle Skiing Women's Ski Slopestyle Finals on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Kevin McRaeFeatured ColumnistFebruary 11, 2014

Coming into Tuesday morning's inaugural women's slopestyle event in freestyle skiing, it was widely expected that a Canadian skier would leave Sochi with a gold medal.

And one did.  But she's not who you were expecting. 

Canada's Dara Howell made history, posting an impressive 94.20 score in the finals, to crush the competition, and become the first woman crowned Olympic champion in the women's slopestyle. 

She was joined on the podium by the United States' Devin Logan, who captured silver, and fellow Canadian Kim Lamarre with bronze. 

Kaya Turski, who came into the event as the heavy favorite, did not advance beyond the qualification stage, but she did earn some serious toughness points.

As per Jason Stahl of NBCOlympics.com, Turski suffered a separated shoulder from a fall during her first run of the competition, but rather than call it quits, she had the shoulder popped back in and went out to complete her second run.

She would fall again during her second attempt, and will leave Sochi without a medal of any type. 

Despite what is sure to be Turski's personal disappointment, the Canadian team will certainly be thrilled to have secured two spots on the podium in an event that was full of killer tricks, daredevil-stunts and more than a few horrific crashes. 

 

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