Freestyle Skiing

Kate Pettersen - Tuesday Feb. 11, 2014 04:58 ET

Dara Howell wins gold, Kim Lamarre bronze in ski slopestyle

Canada's 4th gold medal in Sochi

Canada's Dara Howell receives leading ski slopestyle score
Dara Howell of Canada reacts after receiving a score of 94.20 on her first run in the women's ski slopestyle final in Sochi. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Canada's Dara Howell won the gold medal and Kim Lamarre took bronze in the women's ski slopestyle event at the Winter Olympics in Sochi on Tuesday.

Canada now has four gold medals and nine overall at the Games.

Howell, 19, of Huntsville, Ont., posted a stellar score of 94.2 to take a commanding lead after the first of two final runs, and it held up.

"Oh, my God. I don't know what to say," said Howell. "I can't believe it. It is so surreal and I am so happy to win a gold medal for Canada.

"I don't think it will hit me until later. It is truly amazing. There are a number of really good girls out there and I came out on top.

"This is the best moment in my entire life."

Lamarre, from Quebec City, crashed on her first run and needed a score higher than 77.0 to win a medal. The 25-year-old put it all on the line in her second run and delivered, scoring 85.0 to win the bronze.

"This is surreal," said Lamarre. "I have no words to describe this feeling. I am so happy.

"I knew it was possible but I didn't put it as my main goal. I just wanted to make the finals and then land my run and see what happened."

American Devin Logan scored 85.4 to get the silver.

Canada's Yuki Tsubota posted a score of 71.6 on her first final run but crashed hard in the second and was taken off the course on a stretcher. An early report said she suffered a jaw injury and was taken to hospital for X-rays.

Tsubota finished the day in sixth place.

Reigning world champion Kaya Turski of Canada crashed in both runs of the qualification round and failed to advance to the medal stage.

"I'm disappointed, no doubt," said Turski. "I definitely struggled today in practice. I've had a really rough two weeks, actually. I've been sick. I made it out. I gave it my best shot."

The 25-year-old from Montreal underwent knee surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee in August, and had only been training on snow since Dec 9.

Many competitors were hoping to honour the late Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke who was an early advocate for the inclusion of slopestyle and halfpipe skiing in the Olympics.

"She would probably just tell me to keep smiling, keep pushing myself and to keep pushing the sport," Howell told CBC Sports.

"I said it earlier this week, I hope a Canadian brings home a gold medal for Sarah. I can't believe it's me. It's totally for Sarah and I cannot believe it."

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