Eileen Gu earns her second Olympic gold as Canada win silver and bronze in freeski halfpipe
After two stellar runs in the freeski halfpipe final, Eileen Gu clinched her second Olympic gold medal – and her third Beijing Games medal – on Friday.
Gu, 18, was the last to go, posting a score of 93.25 on her first run that was not matched by the other 11 skiers in the peloton. In her second run, Gu outdid herself with a 95.25, performing a near-perfect combination of tricks and soaring nearly 14 feet above the superpipe.
With the gold achieved, Gu’s third race was a victory lap, earning him a score of 30.
Canadians Cassie Sharpe and Rachael Karker won silver and bronze. Sharpe won a medal with a 90.75 in his last race, and Karker followed with an 87.75.
Americans Hanna Faulhaber, Brita Sigourney and Carly Margulies finished sixth, 10th and 11th.
With Friday’s win, Gu becomes the first freestyle skier to win three medals in a single Winter Olympics.
Gu, a US-born athlete who competes for China, also won gold in the Olympic debut in big air freeskiing and silver in slopestyle freeskiing.
She is the reigning halfpipe world champion and Youth Olympic gold medalist. Last month, she claimed the World Cup crystal globe after an undefeated season, with victories at the Copper Grand Prix, the back-to-back Calgary Snow Rodeo contest and the Mammoth Grand Prix.