Americans advance in women's ski halfpipe

Monday Olympics recap: USA back on the podium twice

BOKWANG, SOUTH KOREA-Fans skilled at lip reading might recognize the song Canadian skier Cassie Sharpe is singing right before she drops into the halfpipe. When it comes to gold medals, Rolland has 5 gold medals in SuperPipe at the Winter X Games [Aspen: 2010, 2011, 2016 / Tignes: 2010, 2011], and a gold medal in Halfpipe at the 2009 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships in Inawashiro, Japan. What did it take to reach the Olympics? That's at the very core of her personality as a freestyle skier, said Payner, Canada's head coach.

"Marie said to me that I have the ability to carry on what Sarah was doing here".

A Vancouver Island athlete goes for gold at the PyeongChang Olympics with the best qualifying score in the ladies' ski halfpipe.

For Sigourney, Tuesday marked the apex of a long journey in her sport. She had a tense wait at the bottom with team-mate Annalisa Drew, who had briefly been in third place, before Sigourney won back her podium spot, and the pair gave each other a huge hug.

"I wanted it more this time".

They are the first figure skaters to own five Olympic medals. I have really tried to cut down on my snoozes, I'm about up to four snoozes as of now. At my first Olympics, I didn't know what to expect and I was so happy to be there. I was going to take it really hard if she didn't get a medal because I already did that four years ago. So I'm just yelling at myself to 'Just do it.

She will happily accept this Pyeongchang medal, but she doesn't need a mantle full of awards to know how far she has come.

Her right knee was swollen like a melon. She came out of retirement when Burke knocked on her door in 2011 and told her it was time to start training again because halfpipe skiing was taking its show to the Olympics.

But why stick with it?

"The conditions out here are fantastic, the halfpipe is ideal, and everybody is skiing at their highest level", Wise said. "It made me insane. I mean, it was a victory lap, and I didn't realize how much emotion would be going at that point".

Sigourney was back on the sport's biggest stage Tuesday, with one more chance to help raise the bar.

Sharpe blew the rest of the field away on her final run where she landed a score of 95.80, securing the gold.

Kexin Zhang (CHN), aged just 15, finished 9, with a top score of 73.00, after an excellent technical run. She remains one of the top medal contenders thanks to a progressive bag of tricks that includes back-to-back 900s.

"We saw a lot of 10s, a lot of good tricks, high amplitude, and that's exactly what [Burke's] been fighting for", Martinod said.

The top qualifier from Monday's two runs was Canada's Cassie Sharpe, who posted a run scored at 93.00 on her first attempt and then followed that up with a second run of 93.40.

France's Marie Martinod won her second straight Olympic silver with a score of 92-point-60, while American Brita Sigourney claimed bronze.

In the crowd, Sharpe's parents Chantal and Don anxiously watched their daughter make her Olympic debut.

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