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Winter Olympics: Youngster Howell wins first slopestyle gold for Canada

Published on Feb 11, 2014 7:02 PM
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Winner Canada's Dara Howell celebrates after the women's freestyle skiing slopestyle finals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor, Feb 11, 2014. Howell nailed her first run in the final to win the first Olympic gold medal in women's freestyle skiing slopestyle at the Sochi Games on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (REUTERS) - Canadian teenager Dara Howell nailed her first run in the final to win the first Olympic gold medal in women's freestyle skiing slopestyle at the Sochi Games on Tuesday.

The 19-year-old former figure skater, who led the way in qualifying and so started last, scored an imposing 94.20 and was able to celebrate her victory before coasting through her final run.

Devin Logan of the United States claimed silver, while Kim Lamarre took bronze for Canada with her second run after being one of several skiers to fall on her first.

Canadian Yuki Tsubota appeared to suffer a serious injury on her second run.

Canadian favourite Kaya Turski had earlier fallen on both of her runs in qualifying, while German World Cup leader Lisa Zimmermann also failed to make the final.