Kaitlyn Farrington wins the gold medal and Kelly Clark wins the bronze medal in women's halfpipe snowboarding (Photo: Getty Images/Christophe Pallot)
The smiles told the story Wednesday night at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. From Hannah Teter, who came ever so close to a third career medal, to Kelly Clark, extending her remarkable career of influence in the sport with her third, and newly crowned Olympic champion Kaitlyn Farrington, who cowgirled up and threw an amazingly technical run not once, but twice. A Sun Valley native, Farrington credited her upbringing on her family’s ranch as a key part of her work ethic and success.
Swiss Dominique Gisin and Tina Maze of Slovenia produced a dramatic tie for the win with a time of 1:41.57, the first joint gold medal winners in Olympic alpine history.
Alpine medal ties (below gold) had happened four other times in Olympic history; the 1948 men's DH, 1964 women's GS, 1992 women's GS and 1998 men's SG.
Americans Laurenne Ross Stacey Cook and Jackie Wiles finished 11-17-26.
Super G, the final women's speed event, will be staged Feb. 15 before the program switches to technical competitions.
Mancuso, Cook and Leanne Smith will start the super G in addition to either Ross or Wiles.
The next alpine medal event is men's super combined on Friday featuring 2006 Olympic Champion Ted Ligety and defending Olympic Champion Bode Miller in addition to Olympic super G bronze medalist Andrew Weibrecht and Jared Goldberg.
Women's 10k classic sprint is scheduled for Thursday
Starts include Holly Brooks, Sadie Bjornsen, Sophie Caldwell and Ida Sargent.
Devin Logan continued her silver medal victory celebration visiting TV, radio, online and print outlets in Sochi. Meeting Fox Sports One commentator and Olympic Champion Picabo Street was the highlight of her Olympic experience so far.
The men's slopestyle team fit one last training session in on Wednesday before competition starts Thursday.
Starters for Thursday’s debut Olympic slopestyle include Bobby Brown, Joss Christensen, Nick Goepper and Gus Kenworthy.
Freestyle aerials continues training in anticipation of Friday’s women’s aerials with Ashley Caldwell and Emily Cook.
The aerialists conducted a press event Wednesday for key national media in the Gorki Press Center.
Nordic combined athletes competed Wednesday for the individual 10k Gundersen normal hill event, the first of three nordic combined events.
Billy Demong pulled out the strongest finish for Team USA, skiing into 24th after his jump put him into 31st.
In his first Olympic appearance, Bryan Fletcher finished just behind Demong in 26th after jumping into 41st. Brother Taylor Fletcher skied into 33rd.
Six-time Olympian Todd Lodwick jumped into 34th, but pulled out of the competition in order to rest his injured shoulder.
The next medal event is the individual 10k Gundersen large hill event on Wednesday Feb. 18.
Women’s ski jumpers spent the day hopscotching from NBC to Fox and plenty more.
The men continue Friday with the large hill qualification round before Saturday night’s finals.
Clark has now medaled in the last three out of four Olympic Winter Games and has collected more Olympic medals than any other female halfpipe snowboarder with three.
Three Americans landed in the top four with Hannah Teter finishing fourth after getting bumped off the podium by Clark’s progressive second run that included a huge frontside 1080.
The 2010 gold medalist and Australian halfpipe force Torah Bright won the silver medal.
Team USA halfpipe snowboarding athlete Arielle Gold didn’t compete in the day’s event after falling in a training run and suffering a shoulder injury just prior to the start of heat two of qualifications.
Farrington’s gold medal run: Pop tart, switch backside 720, backside 900, alley-oop 540, backside 540, frontside 720.
The snowboarding medal events continue Sunday Feb. 16 with women’s snowboardcross qualifications and finals, where Lindsey Jacobellis will fight for her second Olympic medal.
Sochi Olympics TV Viewers Guide For the next 18 days, the world will be captivated by stories of athletic success. American ski and snowboarding fans can watch it all live on NBC Olympics.com along with extensive network broadcast coverage. Comprehensive coverage of the Olympic Winter Games from Sochi kicks off on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 8:00 p.m. ET with preliminary rounds of slopestyle snowboarding and freestyle moguls skiing. Television coverage of the Sochi Games will feature an unprecedented 18 consecutive NBC primetime shows, beginning Thursday, Feb. 6, continuing with Friday night's Opening Ceremony and concluding Sunday, Feb. 23 with the Closing Ceremony.
LIVE STREAM Throughout the Games, every skiing and snowboarding event will be streamed LIVE on Stream.NBCOlympics.com and via the NBC Sports Live Extra mobile app (iPhone/iPad | Android).
NBC Live Streaming Schedule (all times EST) 2:30 a.m. – Men’s slopestyle skiing finals 3:00 a.m. – Women’s cross country 10 km classic