America swept the brand new ski halfpipe at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Maddie Bowman captured the gold medal on Thursday, two days after David Wise won it in the men’s event.
Bowman, 20-years-old, scored 89.00 in the finals, to beat Marie Martinod of France. Japan’s Ayana Onozuka won the bronze.
Brita Signourey placed sixth, Annalisa Drew was ninth and Angeli VanLaanen was 11th.
Unfortunately, France’s Anais Caradeux crashed into the ice in her second run. She was motionless before the medical personnel got to her. She was able to ski down to the tent by herself, but has cuts all over her face. She said she blacked out for 10-15 seconds and suffered short-term memory loss.
The night was dedicated to the late Sarah Burke, who died in 2012. She was the main supporter of the halfpipe ski event and lobbied the Olympic committee for it.
Bowman is on Wise’s shoulders in the above picture. They celebrated America’s dominance of the brand new Olympic sport.
(Photo via USA Today)