Farrington grabs spot in halfpipe final
Krasnaya Polyana, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - American Kaitlyn Farrington joined a pair of teammates in the halfpipe final by securing the top score in the semifinals on Wednesday.
Farrington just missed one of the three spots in the final handed out in the second heat of the qualification round, but her score of 87.00 advanced her to the semifinals. She made sure not to fall short again, posting the top mark of 87.50 in her first run.
That gave the 24-year-old and two-time X Games medalist one of the six spots in the final that were up for grabs.
Switzerland's Ursina Haller, whose brother Christian Haller made it to the final of the men's halfpipe on Tuesday, also advanced, while Canadians Katie Tsuyuki and Alexandra Duckworth failed to do so. Tsuyuki finished seventh, 13.75 points behind Japan's Rana Okada.
American's Kelly Clark and Hannah Teter already clinched their spots in the final earlier on Wednesday.
Clark had the top score in the entire qualification round, following a 92.25 in her first run with an impressive 95.00 in her second trip down the pipe.
The 30-year-old won halfpipe gold at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games and earned a bronze four years ago in Vancouver.
Teter, a silver medalist in this event in Vancouver and gold medal winner in 2006, placed second in Heat 2 with a score of 92.00. Australia's Torah Bright, the reigning Olympic champion in halfpipe, paced the second heat with a score of 93.00 to also move on to the final round.
American Arielle Gold was forced to withdraw from the event after suffering a shoulder injury during a warmup run on Wednesday. The 17-year-old Gold won halfpipe gold at the 2013 World Championships, but crashed while training prior to Wednesday's event.