"I woke up two mornings ago and put my hand over my head, and there's glass lampshades on the wall, and one fell right on my face," a laughing Howell told a news conference following her gold medal performance in the freestyle skiing.
"They put a couple of stitches in there so the scarring's not bad. It's fine, it's no big deal. It's just something stupid that I did and it happens."
Considering how more serious injuries had depleted the field as slopestyle skiing made its Olympic debut, Howell got off pretty lightly.
There were also plenty of falls during the competition as favorite and world champion Kaya Turski, who underwent knee surgery in 2013, crashed on both runs and missed the final along with Germany's Lisa Zimmerman.