Current world number one Sharpe began her third and final run having already secured gold at Phoenix Snow Park. She crashed out after back-to-back 900s, but put in another trick for fun as she coasted down to the bottom of the halfpipe to wrap the Canadian flag round her shoulders.
Sharpe’s second run slightly bettered her first, at 95.80, as she proved her maxim, “Fear is not real.” After back-to-back 900s and a big truck driver, she finished with a glorious 1080, a trick being performed by only a handful of female freestyle skiers.
Martinod, 33, competed in her last Olympics, looking for a medal to add to her silver at Sochi 2014. Her second-run score of 92.60 clinched silver, as she landed superb back-to-back 540s, and a huge 1080 to rival Sharpe’s. She scooped up her daughter in her arms after the run, having said she is giving up the competitive skiing to have more children.
Sigourney won bronze with her third-run score of 91.60. She landed a massive, stylish 900, and big back-to-back 540s. She had a tense wait at the bottom with team-mate Annalisa Drew, who had briefly been in third place, before Sigourney won back her podium spot, and the pair gave each other a huge hug.
Kexin Zhang (CHN), aged just 15, finished 9th, with a top score of 73.00, after an excellent technical run. Sochi 2014 gold medallist Maddie Bowman didn’t land any of her runs and finished 11th, while qualifier Anais Caradeux (CAN) did not start the final.
photo Wagner Araujo
photo Jay Adeff