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Snowboarding at the 2006 Torino Winter Games:

Women's Halfpipe

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Host City: Torino, Italy
Venue(s): , Bardonecchia
Date Started: February 13, 2006
Date Finished: February 13, 2006

Gold: USA Hannah Teter
Silver: USA Gretchen Bleiler
Bronze: NOR Kjersti Buaas

Summary

The American foursome was considered formidable and a sweep seemed a possibility. They were led by Gretchen Bleiler, who had been US Champion in 2003 and 2005, was World Superpipe Champion in 2003, and had won the X-Games in 2005. The defending champion was American Kelly Clark, who was somewhat of a surprise in 2002, but was now considered one of the best halfpipers in the world. The third American was Hannah Teter, who came from the first family of American snowboarding. In 2005 she had been featured in a snowboarding documentary, First Descent, which also starred Shaun White and Norwegian snowboarding legend Terje Håkonsen. All three Americans easily made it thru the qualifying, which was led by Clark, with the top European, Norway’s Kjersti Buaas, joining them, along with the fourth American, Elena Hight. Both Buaas and Hight needed their second run to qualify. The final was dominated not by Bleiler, as expected, but by Hannah Teter, who posted the top score on both runs. Her first run of 44.6 was good enough for the gold medal, but she surpassed it in run two with a 46.4. Bleiler hung on for second, placing second in both runs. Clark was in third after the first run, but Buaas improved to 42.0 in the second to move up to the bronze medal and break up the American sweep.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Hannah Teter 19 United States USA Gold
2 Gretchen Bleiler 24 United States USA Silver
3 Kjersti Buaas 24 Norway NOR Bronze
4 Kelly Clark 22 United States USA
5 Torah Bright 19 Australia AUS
6 Elena Hight 16 United States USA
7 Manuela Pesko 27 Switzerland SUI
8 Doriane Vidal 29 France FRA
9 Shiho Nakashima 27 Japan JPN
10 Soko Yamaoka 31 Japan JPN
11 Cheryl Maas 21 Netherlands NED
12 Chikako Fushimi 31 Japan JPN
13 Sophie Rodriguez 17 France FRA
14 Tania Detomas 20 Italy ITA
15 Sarah Conrad 20 Canada CAN
16 Juliane Bray 30 New Zealand NZL
17 Paulina Ligocka 21 Poland POL
18 Holly Crawford 22 Australia AUS
19 Cécile Alzina 24 France FRA
20 Kate Foster 20 Great Britain GBR
21 Dominique Vallée 24 Canada CAN
22 Anna Olofsson 24 Sweden SWE
23 Maëlle Ricker 27 Canada CAN
24 Kendall Brown 16 New Zealand NZL
25 Romina Masolini 29 Italy ITA
26 Queralt Castellet 16 Spain ESP
27 Mercedes Nicoll 22 Canada CAN
28 Pan Lei 17 China CHN
29 Svetlana Vinogradova 18 Russia RUS
30 Clara Villoslada 25 Spain ESP
31 Sun Zhifeng 14 China CHN
32 Mariya Prusakova 16 Russia RUS
33 Lesley McKenna 31 Great Britain GBR
34 Mero Imai 18 Japan JPN