By Gary R. Blockus | Feb. 18, 2018, 10:49 p.m. (ET)

Brita Sigourney competes in the freestyle skiing women's ski halfpipe qualification at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on Feb. 19, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.

 

Maddie Bowman earned a chance to defend her historic Olympic gold medal, and Devin Logan saw her chances to make more Olympic history fall by the wayside during qualifying for women’s halfpipe skiing on Monday morning.

Bowman, who won the gold medal at the first women’s halfpipe event four years ago in Sochi, was one of three U.S. women to qualify for the halfpipe skiing final at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on Monday, laying down an 83.60 to qualify in sixth.

Fellow two-time Olympic teammates Brita Sigourney and Annalisa Drew qualified third and fourth, respectively, but Logan, 24, the first U.S. skier in ever to qualify for both slopestyle and halfpipe skiing in the same Olympic Winter Games, failed to qualify for the final after putting together a fantastic second run only to fall on her final landing to finish 15th, with the top 12 qualifying.

Logan was looking forward to the halfpipe, which many consider her best event. She hit a 71.60 for 14th place after the first run on Monday, but the fall on her final run scored just 25.60.

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Logan, also a two-time Olympian, won a silver medal in slopestyle in Sochi, but finished 10th in the event on Saturday – her 25th birthday – and was looking for redemption and a chance to make more history by medaling in the second discipline. 

Sigourney, 28, laid down a pair of identical 90.60 scores on her two runs. She set the standard as the fifth skier into the pipe on the first run and hit plenty of big air both times with a variety of 900s, alley-oops, 720 and 540s.

Drew, 24, qualified fourth with an 86.00 set on her second run, marginally improving the 85.40 from her first run. She hit back-to-back 900s to opposite side on both runs.

Sigourney and Drew were 1-2 after their first runs, but were eventually passed on the first run by Canada’s Cassie Sharpe, the gold-medal favorite, and France’s Marie Martinod, the silver medalist in 2014 and the only skier other than Bowman with to win gold in halfpipe at X Games Aspen since 2013.  

The three-run final will be held Tuesday.

Gary R. Blockus is a journalist from Allentown, Pennsylvania who has covered multiple Olympic Games. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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