In halfpipe skiing's Olympic debut in 2014, Bowman won the gold medal while Sigourney finished sixth.
After 2014, Bowman had remained a champion in the field and was largely the favorite contender for this year's Olympics, as she's won the X Games in five of the past six years. The real drama came between the American skiers as Sigourney was in third place before Drew's final run.
In the three-run final in the Phoenix Snow Park halfpipe, Sigourney scored 91.60 on her third run.
It was the 11th medal overall for the US team and first since Nick Goepper won silver in men's slopestyle skiing on Sunday. Part would go to all the women who have pushed her sport so far.
Her former coach says his current students are inspired by Cassie Sharpe. Burke's parents and her husband, Rory Bushfield, brought Sarah's ashes to Russian Federation to have them spread across the mountains. The 95.80 she put up during her second set, one she capped by stomping a 1080-degree spin, marked the highest ever during the sport's brief Olympic history.
The demands of back-to-back race days meant Shiffrin opted out of Wednesday's downhill to focus on combined, which includes a run of slalom, her specialist discipline.
"I know there's a big group of people watching, so appreciative of the support we've got from the valley". It was there she realized her passion - and talent - was in skiing.
Just before she drops into the pipe, she arms herself with her go-to song, fist-bumps with her coach and repeats her motto: "Just do what you've already done".
Martinod, a longtime friend of Burke's who was lured out of possible retirement by Burke when halfpipe entered the Olympics, threw down a 92.60 on her second run.
Given that, and the fact that Sharpe's coach, Trennon Paynter, who used to coach Burke, was crying at the top, the 25-year-old champion can certainly be forgiven for not putting down the ideal victory lap after Marinod fell on her third trip down the halfpipe, sealing the win for Sharpe.
"Marie told me, 'I feel you have the ability to carry on what Sarah was doing here, '" Sharpe said.
The medals this time came down to the final four skiers. "It definitely helps to have an Olympic medal to prove everything I've overcome was worth it, and all those surgeries were worth it and to keep fighting was worth it and all that rehab and physical therapy were worth it".
Sharpe held the advantage of being the last skier in each run. She wanted the pressure of the last spot, she got it, and she knew what to do with it.
She did that with the same run she performed the first two times, just better.