Best of freeskiing photos at 2014 Winter Games
Halfpipe and slopestyle skiing made their Olympic debuts in Sochi, Russia. In the men's halfpipe contest, held at night in near blizzard conditions, X Games Aspen 2014 gold medalist David Wise, from Reno, Nev., brought home the gold for his wife and their young daughter.
Canadian Mike Riddle took home the silver medal in men's ski halfpipe. Fellow Canadian halfpipe skier Roz Groenewoud tweeted afterward about Riddle and his podium finish, "Such a wonderful person and the best pseudo big bro for our whole team."
Kevin Rolland from France was a medal favorite and he delivered, earning the bronze in men's ski halfpipe and putting his country on the Olympic halfpipe podium.
Men's Pipe Podium
On the podium in Sochi: Mike Riddle, David Wise and Kevin Rolland. Only five countries were represented in the 12-man ski halfpipe final: the U.S., Canada, France, New Zealand and Finland.
American Maddie Bowman, who won gold at X Games Aspen 2014, took home the first victory in women's ski halfpipe at the Olympics. She dedicated her run to fallen friend Sarah Burke.
Marie Martinod, from France, took home the silver medal in women's ski halfpipe. Martinod retired from competition in 2006, but returned last year to attempt to make the Olympic team, partly in honor of Sarah Burke. She won on her home turf at X Games Tignes in 2013.
Japan's Ayana Onozuka came out of nowhere to win the bronze medal. Onozuka is known for going higher than most of her field, but she didn't come into the Olympic contest as a medal favorite. She'll be one to watch in the future.
A group of skiers slid down the halfpipe in a heart shape to honor Sarah Burke, the freeskiing pioneer who helped get these sports into the Olympic Games. Burke died from injuries sustained in a halfpipe crash in January 2012.
Men's and women's ski slopestyle kicked off during the first week of the Olympics. In men's slopestyle, Americans Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper pulled off the third U.S. sweep in Winter Olympics history.
Joss Christensen made the U.S. Olympic freeskiing team as a discretionary pick by the coaches. He walked away with a gold medal. "I wanted to keep the ball rolling. I wanted to prove myself," Christensen said. "I didn't try to put any more pressure on myself. I just wanted to ski and have fun and it worked out."
American Gus Kenworthy, 22, took the silver medal in men's ski slopestyle. He is also at work to adopt a family of stray puppies that has been living near the media center at the Olympics.
Nick Goepper, the X Games Aspen 2014 ski slopestyle gold medalist, took the bronze in Sochi. "I think it's going to give the U.S. a lot more confidence, and it's going to get a lot of people really excited," Goepper said about the U.S. sweep.
Andreas Hatveit from Norway finished fourth in men's ski slopestyle. It was the grand finale to Hatveit's long and decorated competitive career. The 27-year-old has announced he will retire from competitive freeskiing at the end of the season.
Sweden's Henrik Harlaut, the X Games Aspen 2014 Big Air gold medalist, was sixth in the men's ski slopestyle finals. He is a fan favorite, with his dreadlocks and his stylish tricks.
Canadian Dara Howell won the women's ski slopestyle gold medal in a run she dedicated to her late teammate Sarah Burke. "It was the best run I've done in my entire life," Howell said. "I just want to keep pushing it and pushing the sport."
American Devin Logan took the silver medal in women's ski slopestyle. "I landed the run I wanted to land and I was having fun spring skiing with my friends. Dara had the sickest run of the day and she deserves it," Logan said.