Medals in freestyle skiing were awarded for the first time at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang on Feb. 11. For the first time ever, France has an Olympic champion in women's moguls.
Perrine Laffont, who won the World Cup in women's moguls in Deer Valley, Utah on Jan. 10, had 78.65 points to reach the top of the Olympic podium in Pyeongchang. Reigning Olympic gold medalist Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Canada won the silver medal with a score of 78.56 points and Yulia Galysheva of Kazakhstan won the bronze medal with a score of 77.4 points. Canada and Kazakhstan will be battling for gold in men's moguls on Monday as reigning Olympic silver medalist Mikael Kingsbury will battle Winter Universiade champion Dmitriy Reikherd.
The top American in the women's moguls was Jaelin Kauf in seventh place. Surprisingly, no American woman reached the super final of six.
This was France's first gold medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. Martin Fourcade was expected to contend for a gold medal in the men's biathlon sprint but finished eighth.
In the men's moguls on Feb. 12, Mikael Kingsbury won Canada's third consecutive gold medal in men's moguls. The Olympic gold medal was the only thing missing off of Kingsbury's remarkable mogul's resume. Meanwhile, Matt Graham won Australia's first medal of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in winning silver. Of the 13 medals Australia has won in the history of the Olympic Winter Games, eight have come in freestyle skiing.
In women's aerials, Hanna Huskova delivered Belarus their first medal of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang by winning gold. China's Xin Zhang won silver and Fanyu Kong won bronze. Even though there were two Chinese female aerialists on the Olympic podium, their silver and bronze medals could be considered a minor disappointment. Even though a Chinese female aerialist won five consecutive world championships from 2005 to 2013 and the last two World Cup titles, no Chinese woman has ever won Olympic gold in aerials. The top American was Madison Olsen in sixth place.
In women's slopestyle skiing, two Swiss skiers finished first and second for the first time ever in a freestyle skiing event at the Olympic Winter Games. Sarah Hoefflin won gold and Mathilde Gremaud won silver. The top American was Maggie Voisin in fourth place. Voisin was 3.4 points back of bronze medalist Isabel Atkin of Great Britain.
In men's slopestyle skiing, Nick Goepper became the only American Olympic medalist on day nine of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. He successfully executed a triple cork 1440 to win his second career Olympic medal. Goepper was part of the American team that swept the podium in men's slopestyle skiing at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Gold medalist Oystein Braaten is a two-time Winter X Games champion.
In men's aerials, Ukraine won its first medal of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. Oleksandr Abramenko reached the top of the podium with a score in the super final of 128.51 points. It was the third gold medal in the history of the Olympic Winter Games for Ukraine. The other two were Oksana Baiul in women's figure skating at the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer and the women's biathlon relay team at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. The top American was Jonathon Lillis in eighth place.
In the women's halfpipe skiing, American Olympic bronze medalist Brita Sigourney beat out fellow American Annalisa Drew by eight-tenths of a point. The gold medalist, Cassie Sharpe of Canada competed with a broken thumb that she suffered at the 2018 Winter X Games where she won bronze.
In men's ski cross, Brady Leman of Canada finished in fourth place at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Canadian officials argued that the French ski cross racers who swept the podium made an illegal alteration to their pants. However, they took too long to form their protest and Leman needed to settle for a place off the podium. At the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, it was Leman who became Olympic champion, as he defeated silver medalist Marc Bischofberger three out of four times en route to Olympic gold.
In men's halfpipe skiing, the United States finished first and second. David Wise won his second consecutive gold medal in the men's halfpipe and was joined on the podium with Alex Ferreira. It did not look very good for Wise after the first two runs, however, in men's halfpipe, the finalists have three runs each and the best score counts. In the first two runs, Wise only posted scores of 17 and 6.4, but in the third and final run, Wise went from ninth to first when he posted a score of 97.2. Bronze medalist Nico Porteous became the first New Zealand man to ever win a medal at the Olympic Winter Games. He follows in the footsteps of Annelise Coberger, who won the silver medal in women's slalom at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games in Albertville and Zoi Sadowski-Synnott, who won the bronze medal in women's big air snowboarding at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang as the only other New Zealand Olympians to win a medal in the history of the Olympic Winter Games.
For the third consecutive Olympic Winter Games, a Canadian won the gold medal in the women's ski cross. Kelsey Serwa successfully followed in the footsteps of Ashleigh McIvor and Brittany Phelan. Serwa also made Olympic history by becoming the first ski cross racer to win two Olympic medals as she also won the silver medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. AXS Sports successfully predicted a medal for Fanny Smith of Switzerland.
Here are all the winners in the freestyle skiing at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
GOLD: Perrine Laffont (France) 78.65
SILVER: Justine Dufour-Lapointe (Canada) 78.56
BRONZE: Yulia Galysheva (Kazakhstan) 77.4
GOLD: Mikael Kingsbury (Canada) 86.63
SILVER: Matt Graham (Australia) 82.57
BRONZE: Daichi Hara (Japan) 82.19
GOLD: Hanna Huskova (Belarus) 96.14
SILVER: Xin Zhang (China) 95.52
BRONZE: Fanyu Kong (China) 70.14
Women's Slopestyle Skiing:
GOLD: Sarah Hoefflin (Switzerland) 91.2
SILVER: Mathilde Gremaud (Switzerland) 88
BRONZE: Isabel Atkin (Great Britain) 84.6
Men's Slopestyle Skiing:
GOLD: Oystein Braaten (Norway) 95
SILVER: Nick Goepper (United States) 93.6
BRONZE: Alex Beaulieu-Marchand (Canada) 92.4
GOLD: Oleksandr Abramenko (Ukraine) 128.51
SILVER: Jia Zongyang (China) 128.05
BRONZE: Ilya Burov (Olympic Athletes from Russia) 122.17
GOLD: Cassie Sharpe (Canada) 95.8
SILVER: Marie Martinod (France) 92.6
BRONZE: Brita Sigourney (United States) 91.6
Men's Ski Cross:
GOLD: Brady Leman (Canada)
SILVER: Marc Bischofberger (Switzerland)
BRONZE: Sergey Ridzik (Olympic Athletes from Russia)
GOLD: David Wise (United States) 97.2
SILVER: Alex Ferreira (United States) 96.4
BRONZE: Nico Porteous (New Zealand) 94.8
Women's Ski Cross:
GOLD: Kelsey Serwa (Canada)
SILVER: Brittany Phelan (Canada)
BRONZE: Fanny Smith (Switzerland)