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Feb 14, 2014

Freestyle-China’s golden hopes crash land on Sochi slope

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – China once again failed to turn their dominance of women’s freestyle skiing aerials into Olympic gold on Friday when Li Nina and Xu Mengtao both failed to nail their landings in the Sochi Games final.

Hopes of a second gold medal in the snow for the world’s most populous nation were high when Li, silver medalist at the last two Games, and world champion Xu, the dominant skier over the last four years, both reached the final four.

Feb 14, 2014

Olympics-Freestyle-China’s golden hopes crash land on Sochi slope

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 14 (Reuters) – China once again failed to turn their dominance of women’s freestyle skiing aerials into Olympic gold on Friday when Li Nina and Xu Mengtao both failed to nail their landings in the Sochi Games final.

Hopes of a second gold medal in the snow for the world’s most populous nation were high when Li, silver medallist at the last two Games, and world champion Xu, the dominant skier over the last four years, both reached the final four.

Feb 14, 2014

Super Tsuper wins women’s aerials gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Belarusian Alla Tsuper soared high into the Rosa Khutor night sky to win a shock gold medal in the women’s freestyle skiing aerials in her fifth and final Olympics on Friday.

The 34-year-old nailed a triple somersault on the opening jump of the final for a score of 98.01 and then watched as the other three finalists all failed to produce clean landings.

Feb 14, 2014

Olympics-Freestyle-Super Tsuper wins women’s aerials gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Belarusian Alla Tsuper soared high into the Rosa Khutor night sky to win a shock gold medal in the women’s freestyle skiing aerials in her fifth and final Olympics on Friday.

The 34-year-old nailed a triple somersault on the opening jump of the final for a score of 98.01 and then watched as the other three finalists all failed to produce clean landings.

Feb 14, 2014

Brazil’s Santos finds her feet on Sochi snow

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Joselane Santos was the only woman in aerials qualifying to take off from the smallest of the six ramps, perform the simplest jump, finish last and promptly burst into tears.

Considering the Brazilian former gymnast had strapped on skis for the first time only seven months ago, though, she could rightly consider executing two clean jumps on the Extreme Park hill an Olympic triumph.

Feb 14, 2014

Olympics-Freestyle-Brazil’s Santos finds her feet on Sochi snow

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Joselane Santos was the only woman in aerials qualifying to take off from the smallest of the six ramps, perform the simplest jump, finish last and promptly burst into tears.

Considering the Brazilian former gymnast had strapped on skis for the first time only seven months ago, though, she could rightly consider executing two clean jumps on the Extreme Park hill an Olympic triumph.

Feb 13, 2014

Stoked shredders hope sweep inspires Team USA

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Slopestyle skiiers are the newest members of Team USA but Nick Goepper and his fellow shredders are hoping their podium sweep on the sport’s Olympic debut might inspire Americans in more traditional winter sports.

A slow start to the Games for the United States has caused some disquiet back home after the likes of halfpipe snowboarder Shaun White failed to back up their favorites’ tags in the first week of action in Sochi.

Feb 13, 2014

Olympics-Freestyle-Stoked shredders hope sweep inspires Team USA

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Slopestyle skiiers are the newest members of Team USA but Nick Goepper and his fellow shredders are hoping their podium sweep on the sport’s Olympic debut might inspire Americans in more traditional winter sports.

A slow start to the Games for the United States has caused some disquiet back home after the likes of halfpipe snowboarder Shaun White failed to back up their favourites’ tags in the first week of action in Sochi.

Feb 13, 2014

Olympics-Freestyle-’America, we did it!’ Christensen leads US sweep

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Joss Christensen led a United States podium sweep in spectacular fashion to win the first Olympic gold medal in men’s slopestyle skiing at the Sochi Games on Thursday.

Another bumper crowd at Extreme Park were treated to a thrilling display of acrobatics as the freestyle skiers pushed their routines to the limits against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains and blue skies.

Feb 12, 2014

Farrington edges field of champions in halfpipe

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – American Kaitlyn Farrington stunned three former champions to win the Olympic gold medal in the women’s snowboarding halfpipe by the narrowest of margins at the Sochi Games on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old nailed her second run to score 91.75 and claim the title ahead of Australia’s defending champion Torah Bright, who was awarded 91.50 for her second effort.

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