Sarah Burke's parents looked up the hill and saw the halfpipe workers making one last trip down in the formation of a heart.
They looked the other direction and saw the scoreboard: Maddie Bowman of the United States won gold, Marie Martinod of France took silver, and Ayana Onozuka of Japan took bronze.
All around them Thursday, Burke's parents saw their late daughter's dreams play out on a crisp, clear night in the mountains above Sochi -- a night her dad, Gord Burke, called "perfect." His daughter had succeeded not only in bringing women's halfpipe skiing to the Olympics but also to the world.
"Far beyond what I thought it would be," said Gord Burke, who traveled to Russia from Toronto and spent the entire night smiling. "I never really imagined so much love for one person. So much passion and energy."
Burke was the Canadian freeskiing icon -- a four-time winner of the Winter X Games -- who fought hard, first to get women involved in her sport, then to take it to the highest level.
The International Olympic Committee added halfpipe and slopestyle skiing to the program in 2011. In January 2012, Burke died from injuries suffered during a training run in the halfpipe. She was 29 and almost certainly would have been the favorite in this event had she been here.
This was still her night, and none of the 23 skiers who dropped into the pipe could argue with that.
Including the gold-medal winner, Bowman. The 20-year-old from South Lake Tahoe felt like an outsider when she started in the sport and called meeting Burke "the coolest moment of my life."
The silver medalist, Martinod, quit the sport seven years ago. She had a daughter, Melirose, and worked at a nightclub back home in France. One day about three years ago, Burke came knocking on her door, telling her she needed to un-retire, because the show was going to the Olympics and she wanted to make sure all the best women were there.
"I'm thinking of Sarah every day," said the 29-year-old Frenchwoman.
Nordic combined: After failing to win a medal at the Vancouver Olympics, the country that spawned Nordic combined more than 125 years ago made quite a comeback in Sochi.
Norway won its second gold medal in three days after taking Thursday's large hill team event. That gave the Scandinavian country its fourth medal of the games in three events.
Norwegians Joergen Graabak and Magnus Moan finished one-two in the large hill Tuesday, and teammate Magnus Krog took the bronze in the normal hill.
"Tuesday was a great day for me, but this is better -- standing on top with these friends and teammates," Graabak said. "We had a bit of a rough patch in Vancouver. ... To be able to take the gold and also three individual medals at these championships is unreal."
Men's skicross: Jean Frederic Chapuis won gold, Arnaud Bovolenta silver and Jonathan Midol bronze to give France its first-ever medals sweep in the Winter Olympics. "I can't explain how it feels," Midol said. "We had a dream to make the podium with friends. The Olympic Games, three French on the podium is incredible."
France's last podium sweep in any Olympics came on men's vault during the 1924 Summer Games in Paris.
Women's hockey: Florence Schelling stopped 28 shots to help Switzerland beat Sweden 4-3 in the bronze-medal game. Jessica Lutz broke a third-period tie with 6:17 to play as Switzerland rallied from a two-goal deficit with four straight third-period goals to earn just its second victory of the Sochi Games.
Women's curling: Her gold medal-clinching rock wasn't even halfway to the house when Canada skip Jennifer Jones put her hands to her face, soaked in the moment, then jumped up with her broom hoisted in the air.
Jones didn't need to see the end result. After a 16-year wait, Canada's women were Olympic curling champions.
"I thought, 'Wow, just wow,' " Jones said. "We did it, we did it. We are gold medalists."
Canada denied Sweden a third straight Olympic title with a tension-filled 6-3 victory, completing an unbeaten campaign of 11 wins -- an unprecedented achievement in the women's game.
Speedskating: The International Skating Union is looking to make Olympic speedskating more exciting for fans, and it's considering things like mass start events and mixed team pursuit races. Faced with hesitant sponsors, sometimes empty stands during the season and monotonous races, ISU President Ottavio Cinquanta said he wants to broaden the sport's appeal.
Skier withdraws: A Ukrainian skier has withdrawn from the Olympics in response to the deaths of anti-government protesters in her country. "I don't want to participate when in my country people die," Bogdana Matsotska told The Associated Press. The 24-year-old is refusing to ski Friday in the slalom, which is her third and best event at the Sochi Olympics.
Matsotska wants to leave the Olympics immediately to join protesters in the camp known as Maidan in Kiev's Independence Square but said she has been unable to book a flight home.
Injured G.M.: David Poile might not see again out of his right eye after taking a puck to the face. That's not stopping the general manager of the U.S. hockey team and the Nashville Predators as he returns to work. "I'm not trying to be a hero or anything else," Poile said in Nashville, Tenn. "This is not a good situation. It is difficult but I have to, and want to, move on."
Poile wore an eye patch as he spoke with reporters in his first public comments since being hit Feb. 6 during a pregame skate in Minnesota. The puck broke his nose in three places and cracked the orbital bone above and below his right eye.