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Women's Halfpipe

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Host City: Vancouver, Canada
Venue(s): Cypress Mountain, West Vancouver
Date Started: February 18, 2010
Date Finished: February 18, 2010

Gold: AUS Torah Bright
Silver: USA Hannah Teter
Bronze: USA Kelly Clark


This event was slightly different in 2010 as it was conducted on a pipe with 22 foot (6.7 m) walls, technically called a superpipe (defined as >16 foot walls). In 2006 the USA had placed 1-2-4 and all three women, [Hannah Teter], [Gretchen Bleiler], and [Kelly Clark] (in that order), were back in Vancouver, and a sweep seemed possible. Their biggest rival was expected to be China’s [Lia Jiayu], who had come out of nowhere in 2009 to win the World Championships and lead the World Cup standings at only 16-years-old. But also to be considered was Australian [Torah Bright], the Burton US Open Champion in 2006, 2008, and 2009.

Bright was the leading competitor in the qualifying round, scoring 41.3 and 45.8 on her two runs. She was followed by Clark with 45.4, Spain’s [Queralt Castellet] on 44.3 and reigning Olympic champion Teter with 42.7. Teter led after the first run in the final with a score of 42.4, ahead of Liu and France’s [Sophie Rodriguez]. Of the other top qualifiers, both Bright and Clark had fallen and posted low scores, and Castellet was unable to start because of injury. In the second run, both Bright and Clark improved their marks considerably, Bright scoring 45.0 and Clark 42.2 to take the gold and bronze medals. Although Teter put in another good performance on her second run, her score of 39.2 did not better her first run, and she settled for a silver medal. Liu placed fourth while Bleiler struggled on both runs in the final and finished only 11th.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Torah Bright 23 Australia AUS Gold
2 Hannah Teter 23 United States USA Silver
3 Kelly Clark 26 United States USA Bronze
4 Liu Jiayu 17 China CHN
5 Sophie Rodriguez 21 France FRA
6 Mercedes Nicoll 26 Canada CAN
7 Sun Zhifeng 18 China CHN
8 Holly Crawford 26 Australia AUS
9 Ursina Haller 24 Switzerland SUI
10 Elena Hight 20 United States USA
11 Gretchen Bleiler 28 United States USA
12 Queralt Castellet 20 Spain ESP
13 Shiho Nakashima 31 Japan JPN
14 Šárka Pančochová 19 Czech Republic CZE
15 Kendall Brown 20 New Zealand NZL
16 Soko Yamaoka 35 Japan JPN
17 Cilka Sadar 18 Slovenia SLO
18 Sarah Conrad 24 Canada CAN
19 Lisa Wiik 30 Norway NOR
20 Mirabelle Thovex 18 France FRA
21 Bex Sinclair 18 New Zealand NZL
22 Kjersti Buaas 28 Norway NOR
23 Cai Xuetong 16 China CHN
24 Juliane Bray 34 New Zealand NZL
25 Manuela Pesko 31 Switzerland SUI
26 Palmer Taylor 17 Canada CAN
27 Linn Haug 19 Norway NOR
28 Paulina Ligocka 25 Poland POL
29 Rana Okada 19 Japan JPN
30 Lesley McKenna 35 Great Britain GBR