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Posted at 9:51 a.m., Monday, February 13, 2006

Kaua'i girl finishes sixth in Olympic halfpipe

Advertiser Staff

Kaua'i-born teenager Elena Hight finished sixth in the snowboard halfpipe at the Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy, today.

Hannah Teter and Gretchen Bleiler of the United States took the gold and silver, respectively. Kjersti Buaas of Norway won the bronze.

Hight, 16, scored a 29.4 on her first run and finished seventh to qualify for the 12-woman finals. She moved up with a 37.8 on her second run to move up to sixth. Teter scored 46.4 in the finals, Bleiler 43.4 and Buaas 42.0.

Athletes perform several tricks, with judges scoring on overall impression. The field is cut down after qualifying, with scores not carrying over. Athletes count only the better of two runs; totals are not counted.

Hight now lives in South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

USA Today contributed to this report.