Kaitlyn Farrington ~ Halfpipe gold
Photograph By Getty/Nick Atkins
Kaitlyn Farrington didn't make the U.S. Olympic halfpipe team until the end of the qualifying series, but she hit her competitive stride just at the right time. Her winning run included tricks with a high degree of difficulty, like her switch backside 720 to backside 900 combo which she laid down perfectly on her final lap down the pipe. For those keeping count at home: Farrington's gold means Americans have won three of the past four gold medals and six of the past nine total medals in women’'s halfpipe.