Freestyle Skiing – China’s Gu wins second gold by winning women’s halfpipe

ZHANGJIAKOU, China, Feb 18 (Reuters) – China’s Eileen Gu won the freestyle skiing women’s halfpipe final on Friday, claiming her second gold medal at the Beijing Olympics.

Gu, who competed on Team USA when she was younger but moved on to compete for China in 2019, was in charge of the contest from the start, soaring above the pipe higher than any other skier as she nailed 900s back to back. with advanced mid-air grips.

Fans started chanting Gu’s name even before the 18-year-old set out on the course at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou.

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A large crowd of China team employees bundled up in white and red down jackets unfurled the national flag at the bottom of the halfpipe, while others held up blue signs with Gu’s name in Chinese.

Gu waved at the camera and wiped away a tear after scoring 95.25 on his second monster run, which became his best score of the day.

Canada’s Cassie Sharpe took silver with her highest score of 90.75, while her compatriot Rachael Karker took bronze with 87.75.

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Reporting by Mari Saito, Winni Zhou and Philip O’Connor; Editing by Michael Perry and Himani Sarkar

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