Young Torin Yater-Wallace Wins Men’s SuperPipe Gold at X Games Tignes

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 22, 2013 5:06 pm

American shredder Torin Yater-Wallace has taken X Games to a whole new level at Tignes, France. As the youngest competitor in the Men’s Ski SuperPipe competition, Yater-Wallace proved that he can hang with the big boys. At only 17-years-young, Torin Yater-Wallace showed his dominance and won his second consecutive X Games Tignes gold medal in the Men’s Ski SuperPipe competition on Friday.

 

Torin Yater-Wallace and Devin Logan photo by Oliver Kraus/FIS

Torin Yater-Wallace (left)  and Devin Logan Photo: Oliver Kraus/FIS

 

Since starting his ski career at X Games in 2011, Yater-Wallace has shown a promising future by making the podium in every X Games event he’s entered with 6 medals from Aspen and Tignes.

 

Young Yater-Wallace told X Games, “I think everybody skied really well tonight. It was just such a high-level competition. I was so surprised: I couldn’t believe I won again.

 

Battling against X Games Aspen 2013 gold medalist David Wise and French favorite Kevin Rolland, rookie Yater-Wallace held his ground and made it to the top of the podium.

 

“Torin and I have had this amazing rivalry going on all year,” Wise told X Games. “I know I always have to bring my A-game when he’s around. It’s going to be a blast skiing against him next year at the Olympics.”

 

David Wise in air

David Wise goin’ big | Photo: FIS images

 

On Friday’s SuperPipe Final, Yater-Wallace led the pack right from the start in the first run. Run 2 was given to Wise and Rolland who bumped Yater-Wallace to bronze. However, in Run 3, Yater-Wallace boosted his score even higher to a 93.66 with a rightside double cork 1260 mute grab, leftside cork 1080 tail grab, switch rightside cork 720 mute grab, alley-oop double flatspin 900 Japan grab and huge double flatspin 900 Japan grab.

 

Wise and Rolland responded to Yater-Wallace’s Run 3 but were not able to complete it successfully, which gave young Yater-Wallace another gold in SuperPipe, with Wise winning silver and Rolland taking the bronze medal.

 

Torin Yater-Wallace and Gus Kenworthy atop Sochi Halfpipe Podium

 Torin Yater-Wallace on the podium in the pre-Olympic halfpipe in Sochi | Photo: FIS images

 

After seeing Rolland’s last run, Yater-Wallace shared with the X Games, “I saw Kevin’s run, and he’s like, the most talented halfpipe skier. If he had landed that run, I couldn’t even imagine how high his score would have been. He’s on a mission.”

 

Due to the amazing potential by these young athletes, Ski halfpipe will debut in the Sochi Olympics in 2014. Expect to see an amazing competition with Yater-Wallace and Wise representing their countries.

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