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Halfpipe, Men

Date18 February 2014
StatusOlympic
LocationEkstrim-Park Rosa Khutor, Krasnaya Polyana
Participants28 from 13 countries
Venue detailsGradient: 18°
Length: 190 m
Vertical Inclination: 84°
Wall Height: 6.8 m
Wall-to-Wall Width: 21 m

This was the début for halfpipe as a freestyle skiing event at the Winter Olympics, although it had been contested at the World Championships since 2005. The last three World Champions in the event were David Wise (USA-2013), Mike Riddle (CAN-2011), and Kevin Rolland (FRA-2009) and they were all entered in Sochi. At the recent Winter X-Games, Wise and Rolland had gone 1-2 with Riddle fourth, American Alex Ferreira taking bronze. Wise was a solid favorite, having won the event at the last three Winter X-Games.

Poor weather greeted the skiiers as qualifying was held in heavy snow, and the final was contested early in sleet and freezing rain, which changed back to thick, heavy snowflakes as the event progressed. The three medal favorites all came thru in the first run of qualifying to make it to the final. On the first run of the final Wise blasted a 92.00 with a run that included both right- and left-sided double corked 1260s. Rolland stood second after the first run, but Riddle came back on the second run with a flawless run, but with slightly less difficulty, scoring 90.60. Wise would win the gold medal, giving him the Triple Crown of Olympic, World Championship and X-Games gold. Riddle took silver and Rolland bronze, with Rolland joining Wise as medalists at the Big 4 halfpipe events of Olympics, World Championships, Winter X, and Winter X Europe.

PosNrSkierNOCQualifyingFinal
19David WiseUSA88.40 (2)92.00 (1)Gold
23Mike RiddleCAN82.20 (6)90.60 (2)Silver
34Kévin RollandFRA84.80 (4)88.60 (3)Bronze
435Jossi WellsNZL83.00 (5)85.60 (4)
56Noah BowmanCAN80.60 (7)82.60 (5)
622Beau-James WellsNZL76.80 (10)80.00 (6)
72Aaron BlunckUSA72.00 (12)79.40 (7)
85Antti-Jussi KemppainenFIN79.40 (9)78.20 (8)
912Lyndon SheehanNZL80.00 (8)72.60 (9)
1021Ben ValentinFRA87.00 (3)61.00 (10)
1116Thomas KriefFRA74.80 (11)28.60 (11)
121Justin DoreyCAN91.60 (1)20.40 (12)
1318Jon LindstadNOR69.00 (13)
148Yannic LerjenSUI67.60 (14)
1510Matt MargettsCAN66.80 (15)
1623Nils LauperSUI65.00 (16)
1727Murray BuchanGBR62.40 (17)
1831Joel GislerSUI60.80 (18)
1924Marco LadnerAUT58.60 (19)
2028Andreas GohlAUT54.80 (20)
2120Xavier BertoniFRA53.40 (21)
2213Kentaro TsudaJPN53.00 (22)
2329James MachonGBR52.20 (23)
2432Pavel NabokikhRUS50.40 (24)
2530Kim Gwang-JinKOR45.40 (25)
2634Torin Yater-WallaceUSA39.00 (26)
2726Peter CrookIVB25.20 (27)
2819Lyman CurrierUSA12.60 (28)
DNS33Byron WellsNZL– (DNS)

Qualifying Round (18 February 2014 — 17:45)

Top 12 finishers advanced to final round.

Judge #1Rafael RegazzoniFRA
Judge #2Simon TjernströmSWE
Judge #3Dion NewportNZL
Judge #4Gregory TuscherSUI
Judge #5Michael AtkinsonCAN
PosNrSkierNOCPointsJ1J2J3J4J5
117Justin DoreyCAN91.60
Run 1 (1)91.609092939291
Run 2 (26)6.4077756
212David WiseUSA88.40
Run 1 (2)88.408889898888
Run 2 (8)68.607068656971
321Ben ValentinFRA87.00
Run 1 (3)87.008788878786
Run 2 (28)1.0011111
47Kévin RollandFRA84.80
Run 1 (4)84.808584868584
Run 2 (7)68.806570706772
522Jossi WellsNZL83.00
Run 1 (5)83.008483838382
Run 2 (17)49.405047505050
629Mike RiddleCAN82.20
Run 1 (6)82.208482818282
Run 2 (3)75.007672747677
79Noah BowmanCAN80.60
Run 1 (7)80.608081808181
Run 2 (2)77.807875787979
818Lyndon SheehanNZL80.00
Run 1 (9)78.207979778076
Run 2 (1)80.008081808079
924Antti-Jussi KemppainenFIN79.40
Run 1 (8)79.407980798079
Run 2 (11)60.406265655555
108Beau-James WellsNZL76.80
Run 1 (10)76.807878757875
Run 2 (9)66.406968666564
1128Thomas KriefFRA74.80
Run 1 (11)74.807578737672
Run 2 (5)69.607069717266
121Aaron BlunckUSA72.00
Run 1 (12)69.407270697066
Run 2 (4)72.007372717272
1325Jon LindstadNOR69.00
Run 1 (24)30.803034303129
Run 2 (6)69.007070687067
1414Yannic LerjenSUI67.60
Run 1 (13)67.607167676964
Run 2 (20)29.603233282728
154Matt MargettsCAN66.80
Run 1 (14)66.807065666865
Run 2 (24)17.801818152117
1611Nils LauperSUI65.00
Run 1 (15)65.006866636662
Run 2 (13)58.006055575860
1719Murray BuchanGBR62.40
Run 1 (17)58.405957576059
Run 2 (10)62.406262626165
186Joel GislerSUI60.80
Run 1 (16)60.806062606260
Run 2 (27)2.6013243
193Marco LadnerAUT58.60
Run 1 (18)56.605758555558
Run 2 (12)58.605959585661
2016Andreas GohlAUT54.80
Run 1 (19)54.805654535358
Run 2 (23)22.802222252322
2127Xavier BertoniFRA53.40
Run 1 (20)53.405454505455
Run 2 (15)51.605250505254
222Kentaro TsudaJPN53.00
Run 1 (21)53.005555515252
Run 2 (22)23.402523252024
2320James MachonGBR52.20
Run 1 (23)37.404036403635
Run 2 (14)52.205253495354
2426Pavel NabokikhRUS50.40
Run 1 (26)13.401013151415
Run 2 (16)50.405051485053
255Kim Gwang-JinKOR45.40
Run 1 (22)45.404345464548
Run 2 (19)34.403136303540
2623Torin Yater-WallaceUSA39.00
Run 1 (27)7.00875105
Run 2 (18)39.004040404035
2715Peter CrookIVB25.20
Run 1 (25)24.202820242920
Run 2 (21)25.202921212530
2813Lyman CurrierUSA12.60
Run 1 (28)4.2045255
Run 2 (25)12.601314101511
DNS10Byron WellsNZL
Run 1 (DNS)
Run 2 (DNS)

Final Round (18 February 2014 — 21:30)

Judge #1Rafael RegazzoniFRA
Judge #2Simon TjernströmSWE
Judge #3Dion NewportNZL
Judge #4Gregory TuscherSUI
Judge #5Michael AtkinsonCAN
PosNrSkierNOCPointsJ1J2J3J4J5
111David WiseUSA92.00
Run 1 (1)92.009391939291
Run 2 (12)3.4025343
27Mike RiddleCAN90.60
Run 1 (6)71.407272707370
Run 2 (1)90.609190919190
39Kévin RollandFRA88.60
Run 1 (2)88.609087909086
Run 2 (9)29.803030293030
48Jossi WellsNZL85.60
Run 1 (3)85.608685878783
Run 2 (5)78.407980797579
56Noah BowmanCAN82.60
Run 1 (4)80.408081818080
Run 2 (2)82.608182828583
63Beau-James WellsNZL80.00
Run 1 (8)62.006060636562
Run 2 (3)80.008080808080
71Aaron BlunckUSA79.40
Run 1 (7)68.607070677066
Run 2 (4)79.407982778178
84Antti-Jussi KemppainenFIN78.20
Run 1 (5)74.407575747573
Run 2 (6)78.207877797780
95Lyndon SheehanNZL72.60
Run 1 (9)55.205054585658
Run 2 (7)72.607475727072
1010Ben ValentinFRA61.00
Run 1 (11)10.00101310710
Run 2 (8)61.006063606062
112Thomas KriefFRA28.60
Run 1 (12)4.6057353
Run 2 (10)28.603028283027
1212Justin DoreyCAN20.40
Run 1 (10)20.402020202022
Run 2 (11)14.201515131315