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Sheehan fades to 10th in final

AAP logoAAP 20/02/2014 Cathy Walshe
Photo © Charlie Riedel/AP Photo Photo

Australian freeskier Amy Sheehan scraped her way into a disappointing 10th place in the ski halfpipe final at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Sheehan had been in good form leading into the Sochi Games, with back-to-back bronzes on the World Cup circuit last month.

But she looked out of sorts at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park overnight, crashing out in her first qualifying run then sneaking through to make the final 12 on a no-frills 70.60-point second effort.

The final was no better - Sheehan again crashed out in her first run, and improved only marginally in totalling 40.60 in her second.

American Maddie Bowman took gold with her late-run 89.00, with Frenchwoman Marie Martinod second on 85.40 and Japan's Ayana Onozuka third (83.20).

A disappointed Sheehan said it was difficult to isolate exactly what went wrong, as she struggled in competition to land a switch-landing trick she'd had no problem with in practice.

"It was my right side, which is my unnatural side," she said.

"I learnt it a couple of months ago, I don't know whether it was the nerves or what... It has been one of my favourite tricks, unfortunately not tonight."

Compatriot Davina Williams missed out on the finals after crashing in training just minutes before competition started.

When she crashed early on her first run, Williams was all but ready to flag the second.

But she showed real grit in putting down a 63.00 effort to leave her in 15th place overall.

"I was still a bit shook up - I hit my face, my lips were a little bit cut up and I had some blood out of the nose."

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