Sochi 2014 Men's Snowboard Halfipe results: Thrills and spills
Who won the Sochi 2014 Men's Snowboard Halfpipe event?
The Snowboard Men's Half Pipe event is in the books at Sochi. Those looking for live streams of the event were most likely met with YouTube spam. from the February 11 final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. Once the event is complete, you will see the medal results below. Final scores are determined by the best of two runs.
- Gold Medal: Iouri Podladchikov (SUI)
- Silver Medal: Ayumu Hirano (JPN) <-- 15 years old, by the way
- Bronze Medal: Taku Hiraoka (JPN)
After the first run of the Men's Halfpipe final, American Gregory Bretz is in a bad spot, having crashed early in his run. Fellow American Danny Davis also crashed, though he managed to secure more points. Australian rider Kent Callister had crashed on his last move, and is placed just ahead of Bretz. Japanese rider Taku Hiraoka also crashed. Shaun White, the biggest name in snowboarding, also had a really tough first run, failing to stick two landings after getting huge air.
Ayumu Hirano (JPN) Zhang Yiwei (CHN) and Iouri "I-Pod" Podladtchikov (SUI) are in the top three positions going into the last run, chased by Shi Wancheng (CHN) and David Habluetzel (SUI).
Shi Wanjeng's and Tim-Kevin Ravnjak's crashes in the second run will move them out of medal contention. Bretz crashed again. Callister is positioned first in Run 2, but that won't put him on the podium. (He's the first rider to make it through the halfpipe in Run 2 so far).
Podladchikov and Habluetzel have managed to nail both runs, improving on their Run 1 scores and moving them into Gold and Bronze Medal contention respectively.
Danny Davis crashed again, and at the same place in the pipe. Taku Hiraoka (JPN) doubled his Run 1 score to move him into Silver Medal contention.
Iouri Podladchikov, Ayumu Hirano, Taku Hiraoka will take the podium. Shaun White redeemed himself with a high-scoring Run 2, but it was only enough to move him into fourth place.
All these crashes must surely raise questions about the quality of the halfpipe itself: the only other place you'll see this many crashes is the bunny hill. Conditions also suck: the snow is at 0c, and atmospheric temperature is above 3C.
This is the sketchiest halfpipe finals I've seen in a long time! #SochiProblems— hannah teter (@hannahteter) February 11, 2014
Australian rider Nathan Johnstone was just edged out of a spot in the final. Brad Martin, Crispin Lipscomb, and Derek Livingston did not make it past the qualifying round.Meanwhile, Shaun White had advanced directly to the final. Team Canada may have to recalibrate their Twitter strategy.
White is the old man of the group at age 27; he is 10 years older than Slovenian rider Tim-Kevin Ravnjak and Swiss rider David Habluetzel.