American Brita Sigourney takes bronze in halfpipe skiing

Men's and women's ski halfpipe was added to the Sochi Olympic program in 2011 when it was approved by the IOC. Plus, keep an eye on bobsled and ski jumping.

Sharpe knew she won gold before even skiing her third run.

Sharpe's second run slightly bettered her first, at 95.80, as she proved her maxim, "Fear is not real".

She saved her best for last, laying down a 91.60 in her final run, good enough to stay 0.8 points ahead of fellow American Annalisa Drew but not quite enough to jump Sharpe and Martinod.

Current world number one Sharpe began her third and final run having already secured gold at Phoenix Snow Park.

Her first two runs each would've placed her atop the podium on their own.

"On my first run I just really wanted to land, that's like my biggest thing for my confidence", said Sharpe.

"I guess I was going much higher and keeping my style on, so it's a bit of frustration, of course", said Martinod.

"I have to face up to this", Onozuka said. "He's a guy that's stone cold, you never really know how he feels", she said.

"Cassie's 1080 (three revolutions) was sick. It doesn't surprise me at all but we love celebrating". If you throw in her multiple X-Games medals, including five gold, Bowman is one of the most decorated female skiers in history.

"I definitely felt some pressure leading up to the Games, in the summer and last season". Part would go to all the women who have pushed her sport so far. "After I landed that I was like 'OK, this is it, you can do this, if you land the second run you can bump your score'".

Back in the day, the sport consisted of Martinod, Burke and maybe one or two other women. "She entered the worldwide halfpipe scene in 2011 while still in high school and made her first World Cup podium with a bronze at Mammoth Mountain, Calif., in 2012". I saw Cassie do her first 360, her first backflip, win her first medal in competition. When she bailed midway through her final run, assuring Sharpe of gold, she laughed and raised her hands.

"They were pretty similar", she said. "I just cleaned everything up a little bit".

Sharpe was the only competitor in the field to successfully perform that trick on Sunday. I had a moment when I fell and I was just sliding backwards and I looked back up and I was like: 'You did it. "The biggest chunk is tomorrow and we have to stay on our game". Their brother Jackson competed in the slopestyle earlier in the week.

Austria's Anna Gasser was first in qualifying with 98.00 points in her second run, followed up by Japan's Yuka Fujimori (94.25) and Reira Iwabuchi (92.75). "I was struggling through a hematoma on my knee".

Canada's Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz could spoil the party for the European nation, and they appear good bets to win a medal on Monday. It just didn't work out for me.

Burke died from head injuries suffered in a training accident in 2012. Drew, 25, is from Andover, Mass., and trains in Colorado.

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

  • Julie Sanders