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Men's Halfpipe

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Host City: Torino, Italy
Venue(s): , Bardonecchia
Date Started: February 12, 2006
Date Finished: February 12, 2006

Gold: USA Shaun White
Silver: USA Danny Kass
Bronze: FIN Markku Koski

Summary

By 2006, the best men’s halfpiper was acknowledged to be American Shaun White, who had already won six gold medals at the X-Games, both in slopeside and superpipe. With long, dark red hair, he cut a striking figure, and that and his big airs, earned him the nickname “The Flying Tomato.” In the qualifying in Torino, he struggled in round one, placing seventh and failed to get thru to the final in that round, which was led by 2002 silver medalist, Danny Kass. But in the second qualifier, White posted the highest score to make the final. In the final, White dominated the first run, with no judge’s score below 9.0. His 46.8 took a huge lead, and held up thru the second round to earn him the gold medal. Kass repeated his silver medal from Salt Lake City. Kass had struggled in the first run, but posted the best score in the second run to move up to second place. White was born with a congenital heart malformation, termed Tetralogy of Fallot (blue-baby syndrome), which required two surgeries to correct before he was a year old.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Shaun White 19 United States USA Gold
2 Danny Kass 23 United States USA Silver
3 Markku Koski 24 Finland FIN Bronze
4 Mason Aguirre 18 United States USA
5 Antti Autti 20 Finland FIN
6 Gary Zebrowski 21 France FRA
7 Markus Keller 23 Switzerland SUI
8 Christophe Schmidt 22 Germany GER
9 Vinzenz Lüps 24 Germany GER
10 Risto Mattila 25 Finland FIN
11 Crispin Lipscomb 26 Canada CAN
12 Andy Finch 24 United States USA
13 Giacomo Kratter 23 Italy ITA
14 Takaharu Nakai 21 Japan JPN
15 Jan Michaelis 28 Germany GER
16 Brad Martin 19 Canada CAN
17 Mathieu Crepel 21 France FRA
18 Hugo Lemay 23 Canada CAN
19 Gian Simmen 28 Switzerland SUI
20 Janne Korpi 20 Finland FIN
21 Justin Lamoureux 29 Canada CAN
22 Fumiyuki Murakami 20 Japan JPN
23 Kazuhiro Kokubo 17 Japan JPN
24 Frederik Kalbermatten 24 Switzerland SUI
25 Mitchell Brown 18 New Zealand NZL
26 Dan Wakeham 24 Great Britain GBR
27 Micael Lundmark 19 Sweden SWE
28 Íker Fernández 28 Spain ESP
29 Michał Ligocki 20 Poland POL
30 Halvor Skramstad Lunn 25 Norway NOR
31 Mitchell Allan 18 Australia AUS
32 Andrew Burton 31 Australia AUS
33 Martin Černík 29 Czech Republic CZE
34 Xaver Hoffmann 31 Germany GER
35 Domu Narita 20 Japan JPN
36 Mikael Sandy 23 Sweden SWE
37 Iouri Podladtchikov 17 Russia RUS
38 Frederik Austbø 17 Norway NOR
39 Therry Brunner 30 Switzerland SUI
40 Stefan Karlsson 24 Sweden SWE
41 Kim Christiansen 29 Norway NOR
42 Ben Mates 22 Australia AUS
43 Manuel Pietropoli 15 Italy ITA
44 Mateusz Ligocki 23 Poland POL