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Teter, Bleiler rule halfpipe

Published Feb. 14, 2006

ON THE HALFPIPE: Hannah Teter has spent her life trying to keep up with her three snowboarding brothers. On Monday, she quit following.

Teter, 19, won the gold medal in the halfpipe, and her U.S. teammate, Gretchen Bleiler, took the silver. Only Norway's Kjersti Buaas prevented an American sweep, stealing the bronze from defending Olympic champion Kelly Clark.

Teter clinched the gold medal on her first run of the final with a score of 44.6. Teter then turned Strive on her iPod and wowed an estimated crowd of 7,000 with a score of 46.4.

QUICK HITS: Teter's brother Elijah crashed into a boulder while snowboarding in November. He was in critical condition for five days. Teter first went airborne at age 4, when her brothers bounced her off the trampoline and onto the roof of the car.

UP NEXT: Thursday, men's cross.