It was a tight competition in Sochi’s ladies’ halfpipe event on Wednesday.
Kaitlyn Farrington, making her first Olympic appearance, took home the gold medal for the Americans. She edged out Australian rider Torah Bright by just a quarter of a point. American Kelly Clark rounded out the podium with the bronze medal.
All three riders’ top scores came during their second and final runs. American Hannah Teter was the leader after the first run with a 90.50. A fall during her second run kept her from making the podium.
Farrington earned the U.S. its third gold of the Sochi games. The two medals earned by the Americans brought the country’s medal count to nine. It was a strong showing for the nation that failed to medal on the men’s side of the competition:
The second run through the lineup provided plenty of excitement for all viewers:
Bright would earn her nation's first medal of the winter games:
Here is Clark on winning the bronze medal:
Fellow snowboarder Elena Hight shows her support for Farrington:
Although they didn't sweep the podium, the U.S. still dominated the rest of the field:
USA just kicked tush in women’s halfpipe. Details http://t.co/RKtZPhp7Pq— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) February 12, 2014
Here are the medal winners of the competition:
All three of the U.S.'s gold medals have come in snowboarding. It was Farrington's first gold in any event since the 2012 Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado.
The Americans are currently tied with Russia for the fourth most medals (9). Four of the nine medals have come in snowboarding competitions.
Snowboarding will continue on Feb. 16 with the Ladies' Snowboard Cross event. Three Americans will take part in the competition, including 2006 silver medalist Lindsey Jacobellis.