Cassie Sharpe stands alone after dominating Olympic ski halfpipe performance

Doug Mendoza
February 21, 2018

She already retired once (from 2006-2011) before coming back when ski halfpipe was added to the Olympic program.

It's the same every time: M.O.P.'s rap classic "Ante Up". "It's awesome to watch her walk away with a medal".

Brita Sigourney won the brozne medal in the ski halfpipe Tuesday at Phoenix Snow Park.

Nico Walther and Christian Pose were the quickest duo after the second run, but their Germany team-mates lie close behind. She finished sixth in the halfpipe at the Sochi Olympics in 2014.

Sharpe's competition resume is full of examples of times she had gone for more, even after she had secured the win. The proof came during Burke's boundary-pushing display.

"I'm speechless right now", she said. She was the pioneer for us to be in the Olympics and for us to be a part of it. In big air, the best score from two runs counts.

Brita Sigourney is headed to the Olympic freestyle skiing halfpipe finals Monday and going for gold after two great runs Sunday solidified her place in the finals. It's Burke who inspired Sharpe and numerous athletes here. Sharpe ended up sitting down halfway through the run.

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Like Sigourney, Bowman has also suffered with injury, but the diminutive talent has made the most of her opportunities to invade the podium at many events and gatherings. "It still felt good to go through there". "After I landed that I was like 'OK, this is it, you can do this, if you land the second run you can bump your score'". "You're here. It's fine'".

So, hand on her heart in gratitude on seeing the winning score after each run, she simply went back up to better it. "I was just freaking out up top and said to myself, 'Whatever happens, happens'". "It' just so touching and it makes you feel so much better when your teammates are there to back your success". Super special. It meant a lot.

Then she went and did that, too.

"We love each other and want each other do to well", said Sigourney, who competed in Sochi following two years of several surgeries.

American siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani took a bronze medal in Olympic ice dancing while the Canadian team of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir put on an unforgettable performance in the face of extreme pressure to win the gold medal on Tuesday.

Fellow two-time Olympic teammates Brita Sigourney and Annalisa Drew qualified third and fourth, respectively, but Logan, 24, the first USA skier in ever to qualify for both slopestyle and halfpipe skiing in the same Olympic Winter Games, failed to qualify for the final after putting together a fantastic second run only to fall on her final landing to finish 15th, with the top 12 qualifying.

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