The Women’s Olympic Halfpipe competition was held last night at Cypress Mountain and it was a bit of a nail biter. The first runs of the finals had Hannah Teter sitting in first and Torah Bright sitting in dead last after she fell on her switch backside 720 and fell again when she was playing around in the pipe on her way down. Kelly Clark also unfortunately included a fall in her first run. The girls had to put down something amazing to make it to the podium and they did just that.
Torah was the first to go for round two since she had the lowest of all the scores. She was able to put down an amazing and solid run that the judges scored a 45, which knocked Hannah out of first. Kelly Clark came into her next run getting herself mentally prepared by doing what Todd Richards (1998 Halfpipe Olympian) was calling the Kelly Karaoke, which was Kelly singing along loudly to her ipod. Kelly Karaoke must work because she was able to drop in and put down a run with her signature massive airs which was worthy of an Olympic bronze. Hannah Teter was the last to go in round two after her first outstanding run landed her at the top of the list. She put down a strong second run, but it was not good enough to unseat Torah from her gold medal position and Hannah finished with a silver medal.
Yahoo had a good article on Torah Bright and her parents coming all the way from Australia to surprise her at the Olympics after she had asked them not to come. Check it out HERE.
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