Everyone loves an Underdog and Kaitlyn Farrington was a definite one going into the women’s halfpipe finals at Sochi 2014.
Once again the stunt ditch was in pretty rubbish condition and 80% of the ladies were struggling with speed. When finals rolled around it was all about four women: Hannah Teter, Kaitlyn Farrington, Torah Bright and Kelly Clark.
As the defending gold medallist, and one of the most stylish riders to have ever graced the halfpipe, Torah Bright was looking hungry for gold all evening. But both her and Kelly Clark – who has dominated women’s pipe riding for yonks, both fell in run one, leaving the podium wide open for Kaitlyn to slip up onto.
Both Kaitlyn and Torah put down amazingly stylish and tech second runs, with Torah opening up with the SICKEST mctwist, and air to fakie, with Kaitlyn sticking a sick air to fakie on the backside wall before launching into a crazy-tech switch backside 720 to post the higher score of the two.
Kelly Clark gave her everything in run two but succumbed to a sketchy frontside 1080 and finished up in third.
Debates will probably rage over whether Kaitlyn or Torah should have taken gold on the night but we were just hyped to see some progressive, stylish women’s snowboarding. Torah remains the queen of the pipe in our eyes.
Technical smooth snowboarding is my favorite. These three ladies are sooo damn good. Honesty, my heroes.
— toddrichards (@btoddrichards) February 12, 2014
And with that ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, we are officially Olympic’d out. Time to go ride some powder and do vitelli turns under slow signs. Who’s joining?