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Men's Halfpipe

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Host City: Vancouver, Canada
Venue(s): Cypress Mountain, West Vancouver
Date Started: February 17, 2010
Date Finished: February 17, 2010

Gold: USA Shaun White
Silver: FIN Peetu Piiroinen
Bronze: USA Scotty Lago

Summary

This event was slightly different in 2010 as it was conducted on a pipe with 22 foot (6.7 m) walls, technically called a superpipe (defined as >16 foot walls). The heavy favorite was Shaun White of the United States, the defending champion, who had taken the sport to new dimensions with his famed Double McTwist (three horizontal inside two vertical flips) and the double cork spin (two off-axis rotations, or diagonal flips) since his victory in 2006. Since Torino, he had won the superpipe at the Winter X Games in both 2008 and 2009. There were questions about the sport in 2010, as a pre-Games contender, American Kevin Pearce, had hit his head hard on the top of pipe while attempting a double cork spin, and had sustained a severe traumatic brain injury. Only a few weeks earlier, at the Winter X Games, White had won the superpipe, but had hit his chin on the top of pipe on one run, fortunately not severely injuring himself.

White qualified comfortably for the final in Vancouver. In his first run in the final he scored 46.8 (out of 50) to lead comfortably over [Scott Lago] (USA) with 42.8 and Swiss rider Iouri Podladtchikov, who had competed at Torino for Russia, and had recently been second to White at the Winter X Games with 42.4 points. Many of the competitors had ambitious programs for their second run, but most failed to complete their runs without serious error. One exception was Peetu Piiroinen (FIN), runner-up at the 2009 US Open, who exceeded his 40.8 first run score with a run worth 45.0 points that moved him into second place. By the time White was to start his second run, he was already assured of the gold medal, and thrilled the crowd by putting in his trademark Double McTwist movement for an outstanding score of 48.4 points.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Shaun White 23 United States USA Gold
2 Peetu Piiroinen 21 Finland FIN Silver
3 Scotty Lago 22 United States USA Bronze
4 Iouri Podladtchikov 21 Switzerland SUI
5 Louie Vito 21 United States USA
6 Markku Koski 28 Finland FIN
7 Justin Lamoureux 33 Canada CAN
8 Kazuhiro Kokubo 21 Japan JPN
9 Ryo Aono 19 Japan JPN
10 Mathieu Crepel 25 France FRA
11 Markus Malin 22 Finland FIN
12 Greg Bretz 19 United States USA
13 Gary Zebrowski 25 France FRA
14 Kohei Kudo 20 Japan JPN
15 Aluan Ricciardi 22 France FRA
16 Zeng Xiaoye 18 China CHN
17 Ben Mates 26 Australia AUS
18 Ben Kilner 21 Great Britain GBR
19 Arthur Longo 21 France FRA
20 Christophe Schmidt 26 Germany GER
21 Scott James 15 Australia AUS
22 James Hamilton 20 New Zealand NZL
23 Brad Martin 23 Canada CAN
24 Janne Korpi 24 Finland FIN
25 Sergio Berger 27 Switzerland SUI
26 Kim Ho-Jun 19 South Korea KOR
27 Daisuke Murakami 26 Japan JPN
28 Tore Holvik 21 Norway NOR
29 Markus Keller 27 Switzerland SUI
30 Ståle Sandbech 16 Norway NOR
31 Rubén Verges 22 Spain ESP
32 Jeff Batchelor 21 Canada CAN
33 Roger Kleivdal 21 Norway NOR
34 Mitchell Brown 22 New Zealand NZL
35 Shi Wancheng 19 China CHN
36 Christian Haller 20 Switzerland SUI
37 Dolf van der Wal 22 Netherlands NED
38 Michał Ligocki 24 Poland POL
39 Manuel Pietropoli 19 Italy ITA