USA Takes Gold, Silver In Women’s Halfpipe

The United States women’s snowboard team claimed the top two steps of the podium in action at the Bardonecchia venue Monday afternoon as Hannah Teter (Belmont, Vt.) and Gretchen Bleiler (Aspen/Snowmass Village, Colo.) earned gold and silver, respectively. The American team took four of the top six positions in the event.

Teter laid down an untouchable score of 44.6 on her first run in the finals. The last competitor down the pipe and with the gold medal already secured, she pulled out all the stops on her second run and improved her score to 46.4. The U.S. was poised for a medal sweep after the first runs, but Norway’s Kjersti Buaas nailed a 42.0 to jump ahead of Bleiler and Kelly Clark (West Dover, Vt.), forcing Bleiler to improve her score with her second run. She did, posting a 43.4 to vault past Buaas and upgrade from the bronze to the silver medal. Clark, the 2002 Olympic gold medalist in the event, finished in fourth with a score of 41.1, while Elena Hight (Zephyr Cove, Nev.) was sixth with a 37.8.

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