Winter Olympics: Cassie Sharpe wins women's ski halfpipe, as Marie Martinod takes silver

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Canada's Sharpe wins gold in women's halfpipe
XXIII Olympic Winter Games
Venue: Pyeongchang, South Korea Dates: 9-25 February
Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, Red Button, Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and mobile app. Full coverage times

France's Marie Martinod celebrated a Winter Olympic medal with the message: "You can be a woman, you can have kids and you can win Olympic medals."

Martinod took silver behind Canada's Cassie Sharpe in the women's ski halfpipe final in Pyeongchang, adding to her second place at Sochi 2014.

The 33-year-old says it means she made a good decision to return to the sport after giving birth in 2009.

"I've been working hard and I could do it at the right times," said Martinod.

"It means I'm leaving this industry with a great message to all the girls: that you can push hard, you can push for a long time, and if you take care of yourself you can do it until you're 33 at least.

"And it means, and this is most important, that you can be a woman, you can have kids and you can do it, feel good about it, and come back."

France's Marie Martinod
France's Marie Martinod gave birth to daughter Melirose in 2009

Canada's Sharpe proved just too strong as she topped qualifying on Monday and posted the best score in each of the first two runs of the final, the 25-year-old's best clocking in at 95.80 second time down.

Martinod earned a second straight Olympic silver with 92.60, while USA's Brita Sigourney claimed bronze with 91.60.

Briton Rowan Cheshire was seventh with defending champion Maddie Bowman 11th.

The American won the inaugural women's halfpipe gold at Sochi 2014 but failed to put down a run in the Pyeongchang final.

Cheshire put a score of 75.40 on the board in her first run but failed to better that as she fell on her other two runs.

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