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Summerhayes 'gutted' after missing out on medal

ESPN staff
February 11, 2014
Katie Summerhayes fell on her first run in the ski slopestyle final © PA Photos

Britain's Katie Summerhayes suffered heartbreak in the first ever Winter Olympics women's ski slopestyle final after crashing out on her first run and coming up short in her second.

Summerhayes, 18, had qualified comfortably in third place to reach the 12-woman final with scores of 81.40 and 84.00 in her two runs.

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However on her first jump in the final she fell on the landing of her attempted switch 1260, and then could only post a 70.6 second time around which earned her a respectable seventh-placed finish.

"I'm gutted and there's been tears," Summerhayes said afterwards. "It happens, that's our sport and people fall but I'm just gutted.

"I'm still happy with how I skied, so I need to take some positives."

Canada's Dara Howell posted a massive score of 94.2 on her first run, and was even able to take a leisurely ride down the slope as the final rider in the second run because she had already been guaranteed victory.

Fellow Canadian Kim Lamarre earned bronze with a second-run score of 85.00, while American Devin Logan took silver with 85.4.

There was concern for Howell and Lamarre's compatriot Yuki Tsubota after she suffered a jaw injury in a brutal crash on her second jump when her knee collided with her face. Tsubota was attended to by paramedics and carried off the slope on a stretcher.

"They've taken her in for further assessment. There's nothing other than that - she didn't have a concussion or anything," said Canadian Freestyle Ski Association president Peter Judge.

"She's in a good frame of mind. She just came forward and hit her jaw on her knee. It's pretty common, that kind of thing."

Elsewhere, there was a dramatic 7-6 round-robin victory for Great Britain's men's curling team over Germany. Britain looked down and out with Germany needing only to push David Murdoch's stone out of the house scoring zone in the final end. But German captain John Jahr inexplicably missed to allow Britain to make it two wins in three matches.

Great Britain's women's team equalled an Olympic record with their 12-3 demolition of the United States. After suffering opening game defeat to Sweden on Monday, Eve Muirhead's side recovered to score 11 points in one end - never before seen at an Olympic Games.

Muirhead told BBC Sport: "There were a few areas we struggled on yesterday but we were determined to get off to a good start today and gave them no chance."

Britain's Andrew Musgrave failed to qualify for the cross country skiing sprint semi-finals after finishing sixth in his quarter-final, with only the top two going through. It was a similar story for British snowboarders Ben Kilner and Dom Harington in the semi-finals of the men's halfpipe, as they failed to progress.

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