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Freestyle Skiing at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games:

Men's Halfpipe

Freestyle Skiing at the 2014 Winter Games:

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Host City: Sochi, Russia
Venue(s): Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Krasnaya Polyana
Date Started: February 18, 2014
Date Finished: February 18, 2014

Gold: USA David Wise
Silver: CAN Mike Riddle
Bronze: FRA Kevin Rolland

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 David Wise 23 United States USA Gold
2 Mike Riddle 27 Canada CAN Silver
3 Kevin Rolland 24 France FRA Bronze
4 Jossi Wells 23 New Zealand NZL
5 Noah Bowman 21 Canada CAN
6 Beau-James Wells 18 New Zealand NZL
7 Aaron Blunck 17 United States USA
8 Antti-Jussi Kemppainen 24 Finland FIN
9 Lyndon Sheehan 25 New Zealand NZL
10 Benoit Valentin 21 France FRA
11 Thomas Krief 20 France FRA
12 Justin Dorey 25 Canada CAN
13 Jon Lindstad 19 Norway NOR
14 Yannic Lerjen 23 Switzerland SUI
15 Matt Margetts 26 Canada CAN
16 Nils Lauper 31 Switzerland SUI
17 Murray Buchan 22 Great Britain GBR
18 Joel Gisler 19 Switzerland SUI
19 Marco Ladner 15 Austria AUT
20 Andreas Gohl 20 Austria AUT
21 Xavier Bertoni 25 France FRA
22 Kentaro Tsuda 30 Japan JPN
23 James Machon 23 Great Britain GBR
24 Pavel Nabokikh 24 Russia RUS
25 Kim Gwang-Jin 18 South Korea KOR
26 Torin Yater-Wallace 18 United States USA
27 Peter Crook 21 British Virgin Islands IVB
28 Lyman Currier 19 United States USA