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Braid spinning in the chilly mountain air, Maddie Bowman of the U.S. soared to the first-ever gold in women's Olympic halfpipe skiing, edging Marie Martinod of France in the final on a night the sport paid tribute to late Canadian freestyle skiing icon Sarah Burke. Her parents, Gordon Burke and Jan Phelan, watched as Bowman made history. Stringing along dizzying series of spins and grabs, Bowman performed the two highest-scoring runs of the finals. Bowman's second run was even better. Marie-Philip Poulin scored with 54.6 seconds left in regulation to complete Canada's comeback from a two-goal deficit, then added the gold medal-winning goal at 8:10 of overtime to beat the United States 3-2 on Thursday - the fourth consecutive Olympic women's hockey title for the country that created the sport. Shannon Szabados made 27 saves for Canada, which has won 20 straight in the Winter Games since the Nagano final in 1998. That was the only gold medal for the United States, which has lost in the Olympic final to Canada in all three tries times since then. Adelina Sotnikova gave Russia its first Olympic gold medal in women's figure skating, with a stunning upset of defending champion Yuna Kim of South Korea, on Thursday at the Sochi Games. Sotnikova was considered the host nation's Number 2 skater behind Julia Lipnitskaia, but she soared when her teammate struggled. Kim got silver, followed by Carolina Kostner of Italy for bronze. Lipnitskaia was fifth, American Gracie Gold finished fourth, Ashley Wagner seventh, and Polina Edmunds ninth.

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