Sochi 2014: Maddie Bowman wins Olympic women's halfpipe

USA's Bowman wins ski halfpipe gold

USA's Maddie Bowman lived up to her favourite tag by winning the Olympic women's halfpipe in Sochi.

The 20-year-old, who won the superpipe at the X Games in 2013, recorded a best score of 89.00 on her second run of two which was enough for gold.

Frenchwoman Marie Martinod, who had the best score in qualifying, took silver with 85.40, while Japan's Ayana Onozuka clinched bronze with 83.20.

USA's Brita Sigourney, second in qualifying, finished in sixth.

The California skier appeared to pick up an injury after landing awkwardly on the first of her two runs in the final. Nevertheless, she scored 76.00 on her second run.

Great Britain's Emma Lonsdale finished 14th in qualification, with only the top 12 going through to the final.

The 29-year-old later announced her retirement from the sport.