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 (left) and Devin Logan Photo: Oliver Kraus/FIS
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 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 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.