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Halfpipe, Women

Date12 – 13 February 2018
StatusOlympic
LocationPhoenix Snow Park, Mountain Cluster, Bongpyeong
Participants24 from 10 countries
Venue detailsGradient: 18°
Length: 150 m
Wall Height: 5.0 m
Wall-to-Wall Width: 26 m

With four of the world’s top riders on their Olympic team, the Americans were looking to sweep the halfpipe podium. The heavy gold medal favourite was Chloe Kim, who was unable to compete at Sochi 2014 because she was too young. In 2016, Kim became the first woman to land back-to-back 1080s in a halfpipe run and won double gold at the Youth Olympic Winter Games (slopestyle, halfpipe).

PyeongChang 2018 was American Kelly Clark’s fifth Olympic Games. At the age of 34, she was already the most decorated Olympic snowboarder ever with three career medals (one gold, two bronze) never having finished lower than fourth. The first to ever land the frontside 1080 in a competition, Clark was still one of the top women in the sport.

The rising American star in women’s halfpipe, Maddie Mastro was a consistent podium finisher all season long, winning an X-Games bronze medal. Named to the USA team for Sochi 2014, Arielle Gold injured her shoulder in practice and had to withdraw, but arrived in PyeongChang as the X-Games silver medalist.

The best of the rest included two Chinese three-time Olympians Cai Xuetong and Liu Jiayu, and Spain’s Queralt Castellet, competing at her fourth Olympic Winter Games.

The top qualifier going into the finals was Kim - a favourite with the home fans because of her South Korean parents. She wowed the crowd hitting back-to-back 1080s and had already secured gold with her first run score, but improved to win by eight-and-a-half points racking up the two highest scores in the final to become the youngest halfpipe medalist in Olympic Winter Games history.

Liu, the former world champion, earned 89.75 points in her second run of three to take the silver, winning the first medal for China at the Games. She also became the second Asian woman to win a snowboard medal at the Olympic Winter Games, after Japan’s Tomoka Takeuchi who won silver in the women’s parallel giant slalom at Sochi 2014. Gold, who had to overcome the fear of getting hurt at Sochi 2014, dislocated her shoulder in practice in PyeongChang 2018, but pushed through to win bronze on her final run edging out her American teammate Clark.

PosNrBoarderNOCQualifyingFinal
11Chloe KimUSA95.50 (1)98.25 (1)Gold
26Liu JiayuCHN87.75 (2)89.75 (2)Silver
310Arielle GoldUSA62.75 (12)85.75 (3)Bronze
42Kelly ClarkUSA63.25 (11)83.50 (4)
53Cai XuetongCHN69.00 (6)76.50 (5)
65Haruna MatsumotoJPN84.25 (3)70.00 (6)
79Queralt CastelletESP71.50 (5)67.75 (7)
87Sena TomitaJPN66.75 (7)65.25 (8)
912Mirabelle ThovexFRA64.25 (10)63.00 (9)
1015Sophie RodriguezFRA65.00 (9)50.50 (10)
1113Emily ArthurAUS66.50 (8)48.25 (11)
124Maddie MastroUSA83.75 (4)14.00 (12)
1316Holly CrawfordAUS57.50 (13)
1417Verena RohrerSUI55.00 (14)
1511Kurumi ImaiJPN54.75 (15)
1618Qiu LengCHN53.75 (16)
178Hikaru OeJPN51.00 (17)
1819Mercedes NicollCAN50.00 (18)
1921Elizabeth HoskingCAN36.75 (19)
2024Gwon Seon-WuKOR35.00 (20)
2123Kaja VerdnikSLO34.00 (21)
2214Li ShuangCHN24.50 (22)
2322Calynn IrwinCAN23.25 (23)
2420Clémence GrimalFRA14.25 (24)

Qualifying Round (12 February 2018 — 13:30)

Top twelve finishers advance to final.

Judge #1Heather BaroodyUSA
Judge #2Ryo HashimotoJPN
Judge #3Brandon WongCAN
Judge #4Iztok ŠumatićSLO
Judge #5Stefan MunzGER
Judge #6Markus BetschartSUI
PosNrBoarderNOCPointsJ1J2J3J4J5J6
11Chloe KimUSA95.50Q
Run 1 (1)91.50
Run 2 (1)95.50
26Liu JiayuCHN87.75Q
Run 1 (2)87.75
Run 2 (16)41.00
35Haruna MatsumotoJPN84.25Q
Run 1 (4)80.75
Run 2 (2)84.25
44Maddie MastroUSA83.75Q
Run 1 (3)83.75
Run 2 (3)76.00
59Queralt CastelletESP71.50Q
Run 1 (5)71.50
Run 2 (15)45.50
63Cai XuetongCHN69.00Q
Run 1 (6)65.75
Run 2 (4)69.00
77Sena TomitaJPN66.75Q
Run 1 (9)59.50
Run 2 (5)66.75
813Emily ArthurAUS66.50Q
Run 1 (15)30.25
Run 2 (6)66.50
915Sophie RodriguezFRA65.00Q
Run 1 (7)65.00
Run 2 (22)13.50
1012Mirabelle ThovexFRA64.25Q
Run 1 (8)62.25
Run 2 (7)64.25
112Kelly ClarkUSA63.25Q
Run 1 (14)41.00
Run 2 (8)63.25
1210Arielle GoldUSA62.75Q
Run 1 (21)17.50
Run 2 (9)62.75
1316Holly CrawfordAUS57.50
Run 1 (10)57.50
Run 2 (20)20.00
1417Verena RohrerSUI55.00
Run 1 (22)16.50
Run 2 (10)55.00
1511Kurumi ImaiJPN54.75
Run 1 (11)54.75
Run 2 (13)50.00
1618Qiu LengCHN53.75
Run 1 (12)50.75
Run 2 (11)53.75
178Hikaru OeJPN51.00
Run 1 (24)10.00
Run 2 (12)51.00
1819Mercedes NicollCAN50.00
Run 1 (13)50.00
Run 2 (14)48.00
1921Elizabeth HoskingCAN36.75
Run 1 (16)25.25
Run 2 (17)36.75
2024Gwon Seon-WuKOR35.00
Run 1 (20)19.25
Run 2 (18)35.00
2123Kaja VerdnikSLO34.00
Run 1 (17)24.75
Run 2 (19)34.00
2214Li ShuangCHN24.50
Run 1 (18)24.50
Run 2 (24)9.25
2322Calynn IrwinCAN23.25
Run 1 (19)23.25
Run 2 (21)16.25
2420Clémence GrimalFRA14.25
Run 1 (23)14.25
Run 2 (23)13.00

Final Round (13 February 2018 — 10:00)

Judge #1Brandon WongCAN
Judge #2Heather BaroodyUSA
Judge #3Kyoji YokoyamaJPN
Judge #4Markus BetschartSUI
Judge #5Stefan MunzGER
Judge #6Kim Jin-YoulKOR
PosNrBoarderNOCPointsJ1J2J3J4J5J6
11Chloe KimUSA98.25
Run 1 (1)93.75
Run 2 (6)41.50
Run 3 (1)98.25
26Liu JiayuCHN89.75
Run 1 (2)85.50
Run 2 (1)89.75
Run 3 (8)49.00
310Arielle GoldUSA85.75
Run 1 (12)10.50
Run 2 (3)74.75
Run 3 (2)85.75
42Kelly ClarkUSA83.50
Run 1 (3)76.25
Run 2 (2)81.75
Run 3 (3)83.50
53Cai XuetongCHN76.50
Run 1 (10)20.50
Run 2 (7)41.25
Run 3 (4)76.50
65Haruna MatsumotoJPN70.00
Run 1 (4)70.00
Run 2 (5)46.25
Run 3 (5)65.75
79Queralt CastelletESP67.75
Run 1 (6)59.75
Run 2 (4)67.75
Run 3 (9)43.75
87Sena TomitaJPN65.25
Run 1 (5)65.25
Run 2 (8)34.50
Run 3 (7)60.50
912Mirabelle ThovexFRA63.00
Run 1 (7)59.50
Run 2 (9)30.25
Run 3 (6)63.00
1015Sophie RodriguezFRA50.50
Run 1 (8)50.50
Run 2 (10)14.75
Run 3 (11)13.75
1113Emily ArthurAUS48.25
Run 1 (9)48.25
Run 2 (11)9.25
Run 3 (10)25.00
124Maddie MastroUSA14.00
Run 1 (11)14.00
Run 2 (12)7.50
Run 3 (12)6.50