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Snowboarder Hannah Teter advances to halfpipe finals

Hannah Teter of the United States competes in the qualification round of the snowboard halfpipe. Teter advanced directly to the finals, along with teammate Kelly Clark. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

After a strong run from snowboarder Hannah Teter, the United States will have at least two riders competing for medals in the ladies’ halfpipe finals Wednesday.

Teter posted a high enough score in her first run of the qualification round to automatically move to the finals and didn’t need to attempt a second run. She’ll be joined in the finals by her teammate, four-time Olympian Kelly Clark, who won the first qualification heat earlier Wednesday.

Teter placed second in her heat with a score of 90.25. The top three finishers of each heat heat bypass the semifinals and head straight to the finals. The Nos. 4-9 finishers must square off in a semifinal round.

American Kaitlyn Farrington just missed the cut and finished fourth in the qualification round with a mark of 87.0 — just one point behind China’s Xuetong Cai. Australia’s Torah Bright, a medal favorite here in Sochi, won the heat with a score of 93.0 and like Teter, was able to skip her second run.

Noticeably absent from the day’s second group of riders was American teen Arielle Gold, considered to be a top contender. Gold suffered an injury in a training run immediately before the qualification round began and had to pull out of the competition.

The finals are scheduled for 9:30 p.m. in Sochi (12:30 p.m. in Washington).

Rick Maese is a sports features writer for The Washington Post.



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