Kaitlyn Farrington of the United States was the surprise Sochi Olympics gold medalist in the women's halfpipe snowboarding event Wednesday night under floodlights at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. Competing in her first Olympics, she finished above the three most recent Olympic gold medalists, who placed second, third and fourth. Austrian Torah Bright, the defending champion from Vancouver, earned the silver medal and American Kelly Clark, the 2002 Salt Lake City champion, won the bronze. American Hannah Teter, the 2006 Turin Olympics gold medalist, had to settle for fourth place. Farrington and Clark spoke to the media at a news conference Thursday at the Main Press Center in Sochi.