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Halfpipe, Men

Date20 – 22 February 2018
StatusOlympic
LocationPhoenix Snow Park, Mountain Cluster, Bongpyeong
Participants27 from 11 countries
DetailsGradient: 19°
Length: 200 m
Vertical Inclination: 82°
Wall Height: 7.5 m
Wall-to-Wall Width: 22 m

Like men’s slopestyle, the men’s halfpipe event had been contested at the Olympics only once before, in 2014, and at those Games it had been won by American David Wise. Wise had been somewhat uneven since Sochi, but had recently won the superpipe at the 2018 Winter X Games and was seen as being at the top of his game going into the PyeongChang Olympics. The silver and bronze medalists from 2014, Mike Riddle of Canada and Kévin Rolland of France respectively, were also present in Sochi, and had repeated their podium finishes at the most recent edition of the World Championships, where American Aaron Blunck had taken gold.

The United States, led by Blunck, took the top three spots in the qualifying round, but Wise was not among them, finishing far down in the pack at eighth, behind Riddle and Roland. In second was Alex Ferreira, runner-up at both the 2016 and 2018 Winter X Games superpipe, while Torin Yater-Wallace, the most recent Winter X bronze medalist, was a bit behind in third. Nonetheless, all of the favorites advanced to the final and there were few surprises overall.

The same could not be said, however, about the final itself. Rolland had it the worst, and failed to complete any of his runs, suffering a terrible-looking crash in his final attempt. Yater-Wallace had an unimpressive first run, and was unable to complete the final two, also landing hard on his third. Ferreira, on the other hand, had an excellent final round, not only being one of just two competitors to complete all three runs successfully, but also scoring over 90 points in each and improving on his total each time. With a final score of 96.40, it looked as if Ferreira had clinched the title, but an outstanding third run from Wise, who had crashed on his previous two attempts, saw him surpass his compatriot with an outstanding performance and land in the gold medal position. Thus Ferreira had to settle for silver, while 16 year-old Nico Porteous of New Zealand took bronze on the strength of his impressive second run.

PosNrSkierNOCQualifyingFinal
12David WiseUSA79.60 (8)97.20 (1)Gold
21Alex FerreiraUSA92.60 (2)96.40 (2)Silver
315Nico PorteousNZL72.80 (11)94.80 (3)Bronze
416Beau-James WellsNZL88.20 (5)91.60 (4)
56Noah BowmanCAN77.20 (9)89.40 (5)
69Mike RiddleCAN82.20 (7)85.40 (6)
73Aaron BlunckUSA94.40 (1)84.80 (7)
819Andreas GohlAUT68.60 (12)68.80 (8)
97Torin Yater-WallaceUSA89.60 (3)65.20 (9)
108Thomas KriefFRA74.40 (10)9.80 (10)
115Kévin RollandFRA87.80 (6)6.40 (11)
1227Byron WellsNZL88.60 (4)– (DNS)
134Simon d'ArtoisCAN66.60 (13)
1421Murray BuchanGBR66.00 (14)
1512Pete SpeightGBR64.60 (15)
1620Lukas MüllauerAUT63.60 (16)
1722Miguel PorteousNZL62.60 (17)
1810Joel GislerSUI59.80 (18)
1914Rafael KreienbühlSUI55.20 (19)
2024Mao BingqiangCHN54.60 (20)
2118Marco LadnerAUT54.20 (21)
2223Bubba NewbyIRL53.80 (22)
2326Kong XiangruiCHN50.80 (23)
2413Pasha ChupaROC46.80 (24)
2511Robin BriguetSUI29.40 (25)
2617Alexander Glavatsky-YeadonGBR15.00 (26)
2725Lee Gang-BokKOR13.00 (27)

Qualifying Round (20 February 2018 — 13:00)

Top twelve finishers advanced to final.

Judge #1Steele SpenceUSA
Judge #2Arnaud CottetSUI
Judge #3Urh BulcSLO
Judge #4Ole-Kristian StrømNOR
Judge #5Lao ChazelasFRA
PosNrSkierNOCPointsJ1J2J3J4J5
1Aaron BlunckUSA94.40Q
Run 1 (10)63.206464636263
Run 2 (1)94.409594949594
2Alex FerreiraUSA92.60Q
Run 1 (1)92.609392929393
Run 2 (13)43.404842424540
3Torin Yater-WallaceUSA89.60Q
Run 1 (2)89.609089899189
Run 2 (18)33.603532353531
4Byron WellsNZL88.60Q
Run 1 (3)88.608988889088
Run 2 (14)42.004242424242
5Beau-James WellsNZL88.20Q
Run 1 (5)86.208785858787
Run 2 (2)88.208988888888
6Kévin RollandFRA87.80Q
Run 1 (4)87.808887878988
Run 2 (17)37.804036383738
7Mike RiddleCAN82.20Q
Run 1 (25)6.4096656
Run 2 (3)82.208382828282
8David WiseUSA79.60Q
Run 1 (21)24.802626272520
Run 2 (4)79.608080788080
9Noah BowmanCAN77.20Q
Run 1 (19)43.004343424245
Run 2 (5)77.207877767976
10Thomas KriefFRA74.40Q
Run 1 (6)74.407374747576
Run 2 (=21)25.802626262724
11Nico PorteousNZL72.80Q
Run 1 (16)51.205053505053
Run 2 (6)72.807572727273
12Andreas GohlAUT68.60Q
Run 1 (7)68.606868696969
Run 2 (19)31.603131313134
13Simon d'ArtoisCAN66.60
Run 1 (8)66.607066666566
Run 2 (15)40.403741404440
14Murray BuchanGBR66.00
Run 1 (9)66.006567676665
Run 2 (7)65.406766656465
15Pete SpeightGBR64.60
Run 1 (27)3.8054433
Run 2 (8)64.606266666465
16Lukas MüllauerAUT63.60
Run 1 (23)17.001918151518
Run 2 (9)63.606164656563
17Miguel PorteousNZL62.60
Run 1 (20)40.404040394043
Run 2 (10)62.605862636565
18Joel GislerSUI59.80
Run 1 (11)59.806061605959
Run 2 (27)9.80101011108
19Rafael KreienbühlSUI55.20
Run 1 (12)55.205357555556
Run 2 (23)22.202023242123
20Mao BingqiangCHN54.60
Run 1 (15)53.005154545254
Run 2 (11)54.605256545358
21Marco LadnerAUT54.20
Run 1 (13)54.205454555454
Run 2 (16)39.403940403840
22Bubba NewbyIRL53.80
Run 1 (14)53.805253545357
Run 2 (25)13.201615101213
23Kong XiangruiCHN50.80
Run 1 (17)47.404949484744
Run 2 (12)50.805151525050
24Pasha ChupaROC46.80
Run 1 (18)46.804747474647
Run 2 (=21)25.802029252332
25Robin BriguetSUI29.40
Run 1 (22)23.002224212325
Run 2 (20)29.403330292629
26Alexander Glavatsky-YeadonGBR15.00
Run 1 (24)10.80131291010
Run 2 (24)15.001714141614
27Lee Gang-BokKOR13.00
Run 1 (26)5.8085547
Run 2 (26)13.001610131412

Final Round (22 February 2018 — 11:30)

Judge #1Steele SpenceUSA
Judge #2Arnaud CottetSUI
Judge #3Urh BulcSLO
Judge #4Ole-Kristian StrømNOR
Judge #5Lao ChazelasFRA
PosNrSkierNOCPointsJ1J2J3J4J5
1David WiseUSA97.20
Run 1 (8)17.001718171716
Run 2 (=8)6.4095855
Run 3 (1)97.209897969897
2Alex FerreiraUSA96.40
Run 1 (1)92.609293929393
Run 2 (1)96.009796959696
Run 3 (2)96.409797959796
3Nico PorteousNZL94.80
Run 1 (5)82.408183828383
Run 2 (2)94.809595949595
Run 3 (6)30.003030303030
4Beau-James WellsNZL91.60
Run 1 (3)87.408687888888
Run 2 (3)52.205250535155
Run 3 (3)91.609192919292
5Noah BowmanCAN89.40
Run 1 (2)89.408989899090
Run 2 (7)19.202215192020
Run 3 (9)11.20141281210
6Mike RiddleCAN85.40
Run 1 (4)85.408485868686
Run 2 (6)26.002626262527
Run 3 (7)27.402529292925
7Aaron BlunckUSA84.80
Run 1 (6)81.408280808481
Run 2 (10)5.60510454
Run 3 (4)84.808783858584
8Andreas GohlAUT68.80
Run 1 (9)14.601515131515
Run 2 (4)46.004545474647
Run 3 (5)68.806768726770
9Torin Yater-WallaceUSA65.20
Run 1 (7)65.206265666568
Run 2 (5)28.802829292929
Run 3 (8)12.201313111212
10Thomas KriefFRA9.80
Run 1 (10)9.80101091010
Run 2 (DNS)
Run 3 (DNS)
11Kévin RollandFRA6.40
Run 1 (11)6.4077576
Run 2 (=8)6.4087566
Run 3 (10)5.6066547
DNSByron WellsNZL
Run 1 (DNS)
Run 2 (DNS)
Run 3 (DNS)