Cassie Sharpe wins women’s ski halfpipe at PyeongChang 2018

Cassie Sharpe wins ski halfpipe gold at PyeongChang 2018, making her Olympic debut one for the records books.

Sharpe’s dominant performance at PyeongChang 2018, not only earned her the title of an Olympic champion, but Team Canada’s first-ever Olympic medallist in women’s ski halfpipe.

Cassie Sharpe after winning women’s ski halfpipe gold at PyeongChang 2018. Photo: David Jackson

After qualifying for the final in first, all eyes were on the 2017 X Games gold medallist, to see if she could top the podium at the Olympic Winter Games. Sharpe opened the contest with a score of 94.40 points, reasserting herself as the field’s top skier. On the second run Sharpe improved her score to 95.80, increasing her lead to 3.2 points ahead of France’s Marie Martinod.

PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA – FEBRUARY 20: Cassie Sharpe competes during the Freestyle Skiing – Ladies’ Ski Halfpipe final at the Phoenix Snow Park on February 20, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.(Photo by Vincent Ethier/COC)

Martinod was unable to surpass Sharpe on the final run, allowing the Canadian to end the competition with a victory run. Filled with emotions about securing Olympic gold, Sharpe was unable to better her score, winning the contest with 95.40 points.

Cassie Sharpe wins gold in the Ladies Freestyle Skiing Halfpipe event at the Phoenix Snow Park during the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Bokwand, South Korea, Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

Martinod finished second with a score of 92.60. USA’s Brita Sigourney completed the podium, scoring to capture bronze.