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Big mountain skier Janina Kuzma nailed two consistent runs to qualify for the final of the women's ski halfpipe at the Winter Olympics early on Friday (NZT).

Kuzma's second-run 75.20 moved her up into eighth place in the 23-strong field, with the top 12 qualifying for finals.

Kuzma switched from big mountain skiing and the lucrative Freeride Word Tour to contest ski halfpipe at its first Olympic appearance in Sochi.

She opened with a high-energy 73.80 before easing back to put down a more controlled second run.

"I had to calm down a little bit after my first run, I was so amped. Everything was a little bit fast," she said.

Coach Tom Willmott's advice to calm down and concentrate on amplitude for her second effort paid dividends, leaving Kuzma well-positioned for the two-run finals.

Top spot in qualifying went to Frenchwoman Marie Martinod on 88.40, ahead of US pair Brita Sigourney (87.00) and Maddie Bowman (85.60).