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WATCH LIVE: Women’s halfpipe semifinals, starring Kaitlyn Farrington

USOC Media Summit

PARK CITY, UT - OCTOBER 02: Snowboarder Kaitlyn Farrington poses for a portrait during the USOC Media Summit ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on October 2, 2013 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Harry How

Snowboard halfpipe’s biggest names already advanced to the finals, but that doesn’t mean that the semifinal round is lacking in some star power. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. ET.


U.S. snowboarder Kaitlyn Farrington barely missed clinching a trip to the finals, so she could be a contender if she makes it through the semifinals. Her family went through some unusual avenues to afford her Olympic training.

Another interesting name to watch is Czech snowboarder Sarka Pancochova. She’s shooting for a bid in halfpipe finals after cracking her helmet in slopestyle:

Sochi Olympics Snowboard Women

Czech Republic’s Sarka Pancochova holds her smashed helmet after she crashed during the women’s snowboard slopestyle final at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Sergei Grits

Even before the finals kick off, there should be some more interesting snowboarding to watch.

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