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).