SOCHI, Russia -- This one was for Sarah.
Her braid whipping in the chilly mountain air, Maddie Bowman of the U.S. soared to the first-ever gold medal in women's Olympic halfpipe skiing on Thursday, edging Marie Martinod of France in the final on a night the sport paid tribute to late Canadian freestyle skiing icon Sarah Burke.
Burke, a leading advocate of adding several events -- including halfpipe -- to the Olympic program, died following a training accident in 2012. Her parents, Gordon Burke and Jan Phelan, watched as Bowman made history.
"It was Sarah's dream to be here," Phelan said. "So, it's here. The halfpipe is opening for the women and I miss her like crazy."
France swept the podium in the men's skicross, claiming all three medals in a Winter Games event for the first time; Adelina Sotnikova gave Russia its first Olympic gold in women's figure skating; Canada won its first gold medal in women's curling.
Also, perennial Winter Games power Norway won the Nordic combined team competition -- and its games-leading 10th gold medal.
On Day 14 of the Sochi Olympics, a Ukrainian skier withdrew from competitions in response to the deaths of dozens of anti-government protesters in her country.
"I don't want to participate when in my country people die," Bogdana Matsotska told The Associated Press.
Figure Skating: The 17-year-old Sotnikova's victory dropped defending champion Yuna Kim into second place. Julia Lipnitskaia, the Russian sensation with the weight of a nation on her 15-year-old shoulders, again fell during her routine and ended up fifth. Carolina Kostner of Italy took bronze. The Russians have won three figure skating gold medals at the Sochi Olympics: team, pairs and women's. Only the women's was a surprise.
Ice hockey: Poulin also scored Canada's tying goal in the final minute of regulation. Brianne Jenner scored the other for Canada, which has won 20 straight in the Winter Games since the Nagano final in 1998. Meghan Duggan and Alex Carpenter scored for the U.S. Switzerland beat Sweden for the bronze medal.
Freestyle: The 20-year-old Bowman edged silver-medalist Marie Martinod of France in ski halfpipe, while Ayana Onozuka of Japan took the bronze. Bowman put together a pair of athletic runs that produced the two highest scores in the finals. In the men's skicross, Jean Frederic Chapuis won the gold to lead the French 1-2-3 finish. Arnaud Bovolenta won silver and Jonathan Midol captured bronze.
Nordic Combined: Norway finished third in the ski jumping and had to start the 20-kilometer race behind. But cross-country ski specialist Mangus Moan made up the deficit on the first leg and Norway outdueled Germany and defending champion Austria in the relay. Germany, which had the lead after the ski jump, took silver and Austria got the bronze.
Curling: Canada's 6-3 gold medal victory in women's Olympic curling came at the expense of Sweden, which had beaten the Canadians for the title in Vancouver four years ago. Britain won the bronze by beating Switzerland 6-5.