Olympic Winter Games Day 13 News, Scores and Live Updates
Eileen Gu looks more than ready to add to her collection of medals at the Beijing Olympics. The freestyle skiing superstar, who grew up in the United States but chose to represent China, easily topped the field in Thursday’s qualifying for the halfpipe final.
Gu scored 95.50 in Thursday’s second run, which was the only score higher than the 93.75 she scored on her first run. Second place qualifier Rachael Karker of Canada had a better score of 89.50. In third place was Estonian Kelly Sildaru, who rested on her initial score of 87.50 and completed a second run.
Among others, placing in the top 12 of 20 competitors and advancing to Friday’s final was a trio of Americans, Hanna Faulhaber, Brita Sigourney and Carly Margulies. Another member of the American team, Devin Logan, finished in 13th place, just outside the qualifying position.
Canadian Cassie Sharpe, the 2018 halfpipe gold medalist, finished sixth in qualifying. Gu was joined by two other Chinese athletes, Zhang Kexin and Li Fanghui.
Gu, 18, has already won big air gold and slopestyle silver at these Olympics. In an interview with NBC after her second run on Thursday, she threw an ominous note at her halfpipe contestants when it was suggested that some of them might have saved their best tricks for the final.
“I’m not going to do everything either,” Gu said slyly.
“I mean, I have a few more tricks that I would love to have the opportunity to do, but also given that it’s the Olympics, I definitely wanted to be consistent and do my best,” he said. she continued. Gu said the halfpipe event was “about having fun – it’s about pushing myself and pushing the limits.”