O'Brien registered a score of 82.75 points to finish in third place behind Isabel Derungs of Switzerland and Torah Bright of Australia in her qualifying heat. The top four competitors from each heat advance directly to the final. Other female slopestyle snowboarders who advanced directly to the finals on Thursday were Enni Rukajarvi of Finland, Jamie Anderson of the United States, Elena Koenz of Switzerland, Anna Gasser of Austria and Karly Schorr of the United States.
Gasser was the best slopestyle snowboarder on Thursday after posting a score of 95.5 points. That should boost her confidence going into the weekend.
Meanwhile Jenna Blasman of Kitchener, Ontario will have some extra work to do to advance to the finals after placing sixth in her heat. Blasman needs a top four finish in the semi-finals to move on, but that task may be tough as she is competing with a broken wrist. The women's semi-finals will go Saturday night at 11:30 p.m. on TSN with the finals Sunday morning on TSN at 2:15 a.m.