Howell wins slopestyle gold for Canada

The Sports NetworkFebruary 11, 2014 

Krasnaya Polyana, Russia ( - Canadian freestyle skier Dara Howell won gold Tuesday at the Sochi Olympics after turning in a dominating performance in the women's slopestyle competition.

Howell posted a best score of 94.20 in the two-round finals to easily beat Devin Logan of the United States for gold. Logan won silver with a score of 85.40, edging Canada's Kim Lamarre, who claimed bronze after turning in a mark of 85.00 in her second run.

Canada has won six of the nine freestyle skiing medals awarded so far at the Sochi Games, grabbing three golds, two silvers and a bronze. Sisters Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe claimed gold and silver, respectively, for the Canadians in the women's moguls on Saturday. On Monday, Alexandre Bilodeau successfully defended his gold in the men's moguls while Mikael Kingsbury added a silver for Canada.

Howell turned in the two best scores of Tuesday's competition. She also was first in the qualification round with a score of 88.80.

With the help of Howell and Lamarre, the Canadians were able to overcome a disappointing showing on Tuesday from medal favorite Kaya Turski. Turski, a four-time X Games gold medalist in slopestyle, was considered to be the top competitor in the field but she crashed in both of her qualification runs on Tuesday and finished 19th with a best score of 28.00. Only the top 12 skiers qualified for the finals.

Logan, a silver medalist in slopestyle at the 2012 X Games, won her first Olympic medal. It was the second medal for the U.S. in freestyle skiing at the Sochi Games, following Hannah Kearney's bronze in the women's moguls.

American Keri Herman, runner-up to Turski at last month's X Games in Aspen, Colo., finished 10th on Tuesday. Julie Krass of the U.S. was 11th.

Maggie Voisin, a 15-year-old American, did not participate in the event due to an ankle injury suffered during training on Friday.

Yuki Tsubota of Canada came in sixth place with a first-run score of 71.60. Tsubota crashed in her second run and was carried off the course on a stretcher.

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