One of the highlights from Day 4 of the Winter Olympics saw the women's freestyle skiing slopestyle competition come to a head in Sochi, Russia.
Canada's Dara Howell took gold in the first-ever female final, a historic occasion for every participant involved.
Howell ruled with an untouchable first-run score of 94.20, nearly 10 points head of the competition.
The Ontario-born star added Canada's fourth gold of the Games in difficult conditions. The Russian snow appeared to be a little bumpy and not as smooth as it could be, limiting speed as the session warmed up.
American Devin Logan followed Howell's lead to take silver, while Canada racked up another medal with Kim Lamarre's bronze, which she captured on her second run.
Here's a look at the full results:
|7||Katie Summerhayes||Great Britain||70.60|
It wasn't all good news for the Canadian team, who had to watch on as Yuki Tsubota suffered a heavy fall during her second run, reported by Bruce Arthur of the National Post:
Canadian Yuki Tsubota just crashed, hard. That looked bad. Still down.— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) February 11, 2014
Kaya Turski failed to make the final for Team Canada, but her droves of support summed up a camp that is looking to top the medals table at the end of the Games:
Well World.... I gave it my best shot. I truly did...... Thank you for all the amazing support. Everyone. Love you ☺️— Kaya Turski (@kayaturski) February 11, 2014
The difficult conditions ensured many competitors appeared extremely tired after a morning of qualifying.
Much of the course's speed had vanished once the second runs of the final occurred, lending to a handful of disappointing performances from those who chased Howell's initiative.
Although there were a number of falls, Tsubota's rough landing rightfully had onlookers concerned.
USA Today's Kelly Whiteside suggested the slew of underwhelming performances may be down to a selection of injuries prior to the event:
At women's freeski slope , 75 percent of field has had significant knee injuries, stadium announcer says #sochismg— Kelly Whiteside (@KellyWhiteside) February 11, 2014
Great Britain's Kelly Summerhayes tried to challenge the top three with two ambitious runs, but after failing to land her final trick during the opener, she was punished for scraping her hands in the second.
Summerhayes' ambition was met by Australian Anna Segal, who was pushed out of the medal positions by Lamarre, the penultimate rider.
Howell was the last person to complete her second run and enjoyed a lap of honour to see in her triumph.
At the age of 19, Howell's gold medal could be the first of many. She will only be 23 when the South Korean Winter Olympics arrive in 2018, suggesting Canada could have a future legend in the making.
The same can be said for Summerhayes, who showed real guts to look for huge tricks from the off. She is just 18 years old and already looks to be developing into an aggressive, risk-taking contender ahead of her next appearance.
It is thrilling to see young competitors leading the way at the onset of a new era for women's slopestyle skiing.