This morning on BBC World News, the only channel I get in my hotel room in English, I heard a reporter say this is “Day five of the Olympic Games.” HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?! Have I not been here for 10? Does it not feel like 25? But yes. Alas, it is only day five of the Sochi Olympics.Wednesday, February 12, here in Sochi. Women’s snowboarding halfpipe finals.
Before the event, the men on the U.S. halfpipe team asked their female counterparts to make up for their performances the day before. “I think we did that,”Kaitlyn said. All three women made finals (Arielle Gold injured her shoulder before the comp and was unable to compete. Heartbreaking to see her take that crash in practice.) and finished in the top four in finals.
Kaitlyn landed a super tech, clean run that made it easy on the judges. Torah took the silver and Kelly, who crashed hard on her first run, got back up and landed the only 1080 of the night. The top four women in tonight’s contest now all have Olympic gold medals. And they are all such great representatives of the sport of snowboarding. It was a good night for the sport.
It was also a good night for Sun Valley, Idaho, Kaitlyn’s hometown. Right before her semifinal run, she watched a video the folks back home made for her and almost had to take a run with tears in her eyes. Instead, they inspired her to gold. I told that story HERE.
Watch the “Good Luck, Kaitlyn” video HERE.