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Two Americans medal in women's halfpipe; Farrington wins gold

By Matt Norlander | Staff Writer

The women's halfpipe proved to be a terrific event for the United States. The finals were held Wednesday, and three of the top four spots went to the Red, White and Blue.

The winner: Kaitlyn Farrington, who topped out at 91.75 to earn her first Olympic gold medal.

Kelly Clark, from Salt Lake City, who won bronze four years ago in Vancouver, repeated that achievement. Clark was scored at 90.75 on her second run by the judges. Clark is considered of the best ever in halfpipe competition.

Winning the silver was defending Olympic champ, Australian Torah Bright, who finished with a high score of 91.50.

"I'm just so proud of Kaitlyn, this is her first Olympics so to see her come out and walk away Olympic champion is just amazing," Clark told Reuters.

Hannah Teter took fourth for the United States. She fell on her second run, so her first time down the pipe -- a 90.50 -- was her higher score, and wound up just barely costing her getting to the podium. All in all, the U.S. hasn't performed as well as it did in women's halfpipe in any other Olympic event through the first five days in Sochi.

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