KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Even though first-time Olympian Kaitlyn Farrington doesn’t carry the star power of some other competitors, the American snowboarder has posted victories over the top halfpipe riders in the world. She’ll get one more chance to take them down, after qualifying for the finals of the Olympic halfpipe event.
Farrington, 24, posted the highest score in Wednesday’s semifinals, earning her spot in the final round. After barely missing the cut in the qualification round, Farrington posted a score of 87.5, making her one of six semifinal riders to advance.
Fellow Americans Kelly Clark and Hannah Teter automatically qualified for the finals earlier in the day, as did Australia’s Torah Bright. That means the past three gold medal winners will be in the field at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park later Wednesday.
Farrington, an Idaho native who now calls Salt Lake City home, won’t count herself out. She topped Clark and Teter last month at a Grand Prix event in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. And she bested Bright at X Games Europe shortly after Bright won gold in Vancouver.
Because Clark posted the highest score in the qualification round, she’ll be the last competitor to hit the pipe in the finals. Bright will be second-to-last.