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Aimee Fuller says she was 'scared' during her heavy crash in the final of the women's slopestyle final at the Winter Olympics.

The Holywood girl suffered a fall on her second run on route to a 17th placed finish. Heavy winds caused Sunday's qualification to be postponed, and wreaked havoc in Monday's finals, causing what Fuller described as 'super inconsistent' conditions in Peongchang.

"At the end of the day it was the Olympic final and everyone wanted to ride," the 26 year-old told the BBC.

"If you were lucky with the wind there were calm windows but the majority was super inconsistent. I don't think it was a a true reflection of women's slopestyle which is a shame for our sport."

Aimee watched her run back live on Eurosport and explained how she was 'scared at that moment' as the 'Pyeongchanggust', as she has christened the winds via a twitter hashtag, caught her board mid-jump.

Watch the moment it went wrong and Amy's reaction right here:

"They were some of the roughest conditions I've ever competed in," she explained, before saying she was shocked the finals went ahead.

"They saw that some people were making it through so they thought let's just run this thing.

"On the second jump, I thought I had speed going into the last jump. I just got blown. I was scared at that moment. Through the majority of my run I felt in control but I think 70% of the field fell over so that says it in itself."

Defending champion Jamie Anderson of the USA won gold but bronze medalist Enni Rukajarvi  said the finals should have been cancelled or moved due to the conditions.

"The weather was bad and too dangerous, and I got a lot of wind in my run, so that was bad, too," she said.

International Olympic Committee spokesperson Mark Adams defended the decision to go ahead with the finals.

"The competition is run by the International Ski Federation. They know their athletes and they know the conditions they work in," he said.

Fuller still has the aptly-named Big Air, a freestyle event with the aim of landing big tricks that is making its Winter Olympics debut next week, with the women's qualifiers scheduled for Monday (February 19).

"I'm really looking forward to the Big Air," said Fuller. "I'm happy to have a couple of days off because I'm feeling pretty rough after today. That was absolutely brutal. I'm going to have a bit of rest then eyes on the prixe for next week. We're in a stadium so I'm hoping the Pyeongchang gust doesn't get us there."

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