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Sarka Pancochova qualified first in Olympic slopestyle seminfinals today. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen.

Women’s slopestyle semifinal results from the Sochi Olympics

We were treated to a brief preview of the level of riding expected during the women’s slopestyle finals when England’s Aimee Fuller dropped in for her semifinal run this morning and went for a double backflip on her second jump. Double backflips, double corks, neither have been landed in women’s slopestyle before but that could all change today with an Olympic gold medal on the line.

Unfortunately, Aimee couldn’t ride away and didn’t advance to finals but there’s still Anna Gasser who qualified on Thursday who has the potential to land a Cab double underflip. If yesterday’s men’s gold medal final taught us anything though, it’s that the judges won’t necessarily reward multi-flips over big, clean, stylish spins.

Of the riders who grabbed those last four qualifying spots to join the eight ladies already qualified from Thursday, Czech Republic’s Sarka Pancochova rode away with the highest score. Sarka kept it conservative through the rails sticking to 50-50s but sent it on the jumps with a frontside 540, switch backside 180, and a huge backside 720 tail grab.

Switzerland’s Sina Candrian stomped a smooth frontside 720 to qualify second, while England’s Jenny Jones took third with a Cab 540, backside 360, and frontside 360 on her jump line.

Norway’s Silje Norendal squeaked into the final spot after riding a technical, but slightly sketchy rail section, that included a boardslide 270 followed by a Cab 540, backside 540, and switch backside 180 on the jumps.

Norway’s Kjersti Buaas, Finland’s Enne Merika, and New Zealand’s Christy Prior didn’t ride today after taking crashes earlier that left them too injured to compete. Although Ty Walker was limping heavily after bruising her heel in practice a few days before, she got a shot of Novocaine to numb the pain and threw down a solid first run that ended with a big backside 720 off the final hit. Her run was only enough for a 66, not enough to make the finals.

Finals start at 1:15 p.m. today, Moscow Time.

Qualified Riders From Semifinals Advancing To Finals

1. Sarka Pancochova (CZE) — 90.50
2. Sina Candrian (SUI) — 84.25
3. Jenny Jones (GBR) — 82.25
4. Silje Norendal (NOR) — 78.75

They will be joining the following riders already through from qualifiers on Thursday.

Qualified Riders From Heat 1 Advancing To Finals

Isabel Derungs (SUI)
Torah Bright (AUS)
Spencer O’Brien (CAN)
Ennu Rukajarvu (FIN)

Qualified Riders From Heat 2 Advancing To Finals

Anna Gasser (AUT)
Jamie Anderson (USA)
Elena Koenz (SUI)
Karly Shorr (USA)

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