Men’s Snowboard Halfpipe, Sochi 2014 Olympic Results

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 11, 2014 10:58 am

The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Men’s Snowboard Halfpipe competition wrapped up today with Switzerland’s Iouri Podladtchikov taking home the gold with the best score of 94.75. Japan sweept the podium with Ayumu Hirano taking the silver medal with a score of 93.50, and fifteen-year-old Taku Hiraoka earning the bronze with a 92.25.

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Iouri Podladtchikov AKA ‘I-pod’ stoked to be taking home the gold! Photo: NBC Olympics

Russian born and Swiss citizen, I-Pod, landed his famous ‘YOLO’ trick to take gold, a super technical trick in the halfpipe that Shaun White tried, unable to replicate.

Two-time Olympic champion Shaun White (Carlsbad, CA) put it all on the line Tuesday during the Men’s Halfpipe final in an effort to win his third Olympic gold medal but ultimately fell short, finishing fourth and earning the top spot for the USA. White barely missed the podium, coming in fourth place with a score of 90.25.

“Tonight was just one of those nights. It’s a bummer,” said Shaun White.

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Shaun White boosting on his road to Sochi, the favorite to podium for the US Snowboarding Team after qualifying at the Mammoth Grand Prix. Photo: Ski Channel | Shannon Quirk

“I had a game plan. I had a specific run I wanted to land and I didn’t get to put that down. That’s one of the most frustrating things for me. If I land my run and I’m beat then I’m okay with that, but I definitely didn’t get that chance tonight and it happens,” White continued.

“It’s all about the fans, the people that come here to watch. Being an Olympian is nothing to scoff at. I’m definitely proud to be here representing the U.S. I’m proud to be an Olympian. I had a tough night, but I think I affected a lot of people that have never seen the sport before. But I don’t think tonight makes or breaks my career. I’ve been snowboarding for so long. I love it and it’s given me so much. I’m happy to take this for what it is and move on and continue to ride.”

American competitor Danny Davis was also a podium hopeful neck and neck with White, but took tenth place after taking a disappointing fall in his second run, drastically decreasing his score to a 53.00.

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No one knows halfpipe style like Danny Davis. He would have podiumed had he stuck the final jump in Sochi. Photo: Ski Channel | Shannon Quirk

“It’s always tough to fall on two runs. To land one and get screwed by the judges or something like that–I can handle that. But I hate not landing two runs, especially in this event with such a big crowd and the amount of media here,” said Danny Davis. “Getting to the Olympics was a mission, through injury and through the amount of great riders in the U.S. Just getting to the Olympics was an accomplishment in itself. Not riding well here hurts a little bit when you spend a lot time trying to get to one event, but life goes on.”

US Snowboarding team’s Greg Bretz came in twelfth place with a 26.50.

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Greg Bretz’s halfpipe qualifying run, on his road to the Sochi 2014 Winter Games. Photo: Ski Channel | Shannon Quirk

“I came out here to do one thing and I’m really stoked that I was able to stay in one piece all season for this event. I mean, it’s the Olympics you’ve got to go for it,” said Bretz. “Conditions in the halfpipe were really challenging. I just didn’t get the snap that I wanted to on my cab double and I wasn’t able to pull it off.”

 

MEN’S SNOWBOARD HALFPIPE FINAL RESULTS:

Gold
86.50
94.75
94.75
Silver
90.75
93.50
93.50
Bronze
45.50
92.25
92.25
4
35.00
90.25
90.25
5
80.75
88.50
88.50

 

NBC will feature the men’s final in its special Olympic primetime coverage Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m. EST, and the event can be replayed in its entirety on NBCOlympics.com. The women are set to take on the halfpipe Wednesday, Feb. 12 with qualification beginning at 5:00 am. EST.

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