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Freestyle Skiing at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games:

Women's Halfpipe

Freestyle Skiing at the 2014 Winter Games:

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Host City: Sochi, Russia
Venue(s): Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Krasnaya Polyana
Date Started: February 20, 2014
Date Finished: February 20, 2014

Gold: USA Maddie Bowman
Silver: FRA Marie Martinod
Bronze: JPN Ayana Onozuka

Summary

Halfpipe was making its Olympic début, although it had been a World Championship event since 2005, but it began under a pall, as everyone remembered the skiier that wasn’t there, Sarah Burke, the 2005 World Champion and four-time Winter X-Games Champion. Burke had died in January 2012 after a training accident in which she fell on her head at the Park City, Utah superpipe. She died nine days later from the effects of her head injury. In her memory, the skiiers tried to wear black armbands but the International Olympic Committee, in a petty ruling, would not allow that. Burke’s coach, Trennon Paynter did something better, spreading her ashes over the halfpipe course where they remain in the snow of Sochi as a tribute.

In Burke’s absence the favorite was American Maddie Bowman, who had won the superpipe at the last two Winter X-Games. Bowman came through under the pressure and won the inaugural freestyle halfpipe gold medal, followed by France’s Marie Martinod. Martinod was a 29-year-old mother of one who had been retired for several years until Burke called her to tell her that halfpipe was going to be an Olympic event. She had come out retirement to compete, though her performance made it hard to tell she had ever been away. The bronze went to Japan’s Ayana Onozuka who held the same spot at the 2013 World Championships. Skiier after skiier looked to the sky and pointed up as they finished their run, remembering the one who could not be there. Referring to Burke, gold medalist Bowman said, “It takes all of us to put on her shoes.”

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Maddie Bowman 20 United States USA Gold
2 Marie Martinod 29 France FRA Silver
3 Ayana Onozuka 25 Japan JPN Bronze
4 Virginie Faivre 31 Switzerland SUI
5 Janina Kuzma 28 New Zealand NZL
6 Brita Sigourney 24 United States USA
7 Rosalind Groenewoud 24 Canada CAN
8 Mirjam Jaeger 31 Switzerland SUI
9 Annalisa Drew 20 United States USA
10 Amy Sheehan 27 Australia AUS
11 Angeli VanLaanen 28 United States USA
12 Anais Caradeux 23 France FRA
13 Keltie Hansen 21 Canada CAN
14 Sabrina Cakmakli 19 Germany GER
15 Davina Williams 28 Australia AUS
16 Katia Griffiths 33 Spain ESP
17 Katrien Aerts 37 Belgium BEL
18 Emma Lonsdale 29 Great Britain GBR
19 Yelizaveta Chesnokova 17 Russia RUS
20 Nataliya Makagonova 21 Russia RUS
21 Park Hui-Jin 34 South Korea KOR
22 Nina Ragettli 20 Switzerland SUI
23 Manami Mitsuboshi 30 Japan JPN