Emily Arthur finishes 11th in women's snowboard halfpipe final at PyeongChang 2018 winter Olympics

Not to be: Woronora Heights snowboarder Emily Arthur in action in the halfpipe at the PyeongChang 2018 winter Olympics. Picture: AAP
Not to be: Woronora Heights snowboarder Emily Arthur in action in the halfpipe at the PyeongChang 2018 winter Olympics. Picture: AAP

Emily Arthur has finished 11th in the women’s halfpipe final in her Olympic games debut.

The Woronora Heights snowboarder fell on her second and third runs as American teenager Chloe Kim produced a stunning performance to win the gold medal.

Arthur, 18, qualified eighth on Monday afternoon scoring a 66.50 in her second run after falling late in her first.

The final was the best of three runs on Tuesday, with Arthur laying down a solid 48.25 in her opening effort to leave her in ninth place.

Arthur attempted to complete a 900 – two-and-a-half 360 rotations in the air – for the first time in competition at the start of her second run. Despite getting good air she suffered a fall, meaning a throw away score of 9.25.

That left her with an all or nothing final run, with Arthur landing the 900 at the start of the pipe. But a heavy fall near the end left Arthur briefly motionless on the ground. Trainers attended Arthur before she gave the ok, with her score of 25.0 leaving her in 11th.

“I’m good. I’m doing good. I’m happy, I’m smiling and I’m alive. So it’s good,” she said.

“I’ve got a bit of a swollen lip. My eyes hurt when I look around but it’s fine. I’m happy just to be here. So whatever happens, happens.

“I really went for it in my last run. I think I definitely could have moved up a bit with that run. But it’s ok, I’m still stoked with 11th. My first Olympics and I got 11th. I’m really happy.

“It was just amazing, to be honest. Everyone is here, my family. It was just so fun. I just can’t wait to do another one.

“[Kim] is insane, I love her so much. I’m going to be competing against her next week. She’s cool, she’s done a lot for the sport and she definitely deserves it. I think she’s going to be around for a long time which is good because it pushes us and pushes the sport.”

Arthur was the only Australian to reach the final after veteran Holly Crawford fell just short in qualifying on Monday. 

It was Kim, who won the gold medal when Arthur won silver at the 2016 Lillehammer Youth Olympics, who stole the show. An incredible first run scored her a 93.75 before she suffered a fall in her second.

Kim had already secured the gold before her third and final run but landed back-to-back 1080s to score an incredible 98.25 and become the youngest ever snowboarding gold medallist.

China's Jiayu Liu won silver and American Arielle Gold took bronze.


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