All three former gold medalists made it straight to the halfpipe final round thanks to strong qualifying performances on Wednesday. U.S. snowboarders Kelly Clark and Hannah Teter made it straight through along with Australia’s Torah Bright.
Bright won gold in 2010, Teter nabbed it in 2006 and Clark won it in 2002.
Clark had the best score (95.00) from one heat while Bright (93.00) narrowly edged Teter (92.00). Other snowboarders who advanced straight to the finals were Spain’s Queralt Castellet (93.25), France’s Sophie Rodriguez (78.50) ad China’s Quetong Cai (88.00).
U.S. snowboarder Kaitlyn Farrington must pass through the semifinals to get to the final round after barely following behind Cai with an 87.00 score.
Also in the semifinals: Switzerland’s Ursina Haller, China’s Zhifeng Sun, Canada’s Alexandra Duckworth, Czech boarder Sarka Pancochova, Australia’s Stephanie Magiros, China’s Jiavu Liu, France’s Mirabelle Thovex, Japan’s Rana Okada, France’s Clemence Grimal and Canada’s Katie Tsuyuki.
Pancochova drew a lot of attention by cracking her helmet competing in snowboard slopestyle, but her continued work indicates that she’s indeed OK.