Canada's Sharpe blazes to Olympic ski halfpipe gold

Canada's Cassie Sharpe stormed to Olympic gold in the women's ski halfpipe Tuesday, despite falling on the final run after the result of the competition was already decided.


Favourite Sharpe produced some jaw-dropping aerobatics to post a winning score of 95.80 on her second run, celebrated by raising her hands behind her head to give a bunny-ear sign as she crossed the line backwards.

Frenchwoman Marie Martinod matched the silver she earned in Sochi four years ago with a best of 92.60, while Brita Sigourney claimed bronze a further point back after edging out fellow American Annalisa Drew.

Sochi gold medallist Maddie Bowman's hopes of retaining her title were dashed when she suffered a nasty spill on her final run, the American needing medical attention before limping to the finish on one ski in tears.