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Snowboarding at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games:

Men's Halfpipe

Snowboarding at the 2014 Winter Games: Previous Winter Games

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Host City: Sochi, Russia
Venue(s): Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Krasnaya Polyana; Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Krasnaya Polyana
Date Started: February 11, 2014
Date Finished: February 11, 2014

Gold: SUI Iouri Podladtchikov
Silver: JPN Ayumu Hirano
Bronze: JPN Taku Hiraoka

Summary

American Shaun White was the two-time defending champion and was back, looking to become the first man to win the same Winter Olympic event at three consecutive Olympic Games. Early on the boarders had multiple complaints about the halfpipe, but it was altered slightly, at the athletes’ requests, and functioned well. White qualified for the final where he was most concerned about the Russian-born Swiss rider, Iouri Podladtchikov, known as the I-Pod, who was the 2013 World Champion. In the second run of the final, I-Pod landed his signature trick, the YOLO (You Only Live Once), which consists of two flips with four full revolutions. It would clinch him the gold medal when White bobbled several landings to drop completely off the podium, finishing fourth. The silver and bronze medals went two young Japanese riders – the silver to 15-year-old Ayumu Hirano and the bronze won by 18-year-old Taku Hiraoka. When asked for a quote after his victory I-Pod played off the Sochi motto of “Hot, Cool, Yours” and noted, “It’s Hot, Cool, and It’s Fucking Mine.”

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Iouri Podladtchikov 25 Switzerland SUI Gold
2 Ayumu Hirano 15 Japan JPN Silver
3 Taku Hiraoka 18 Japan JPN Bronze
4 Shaun White 27 United States USA
5 David Hablützel 17 Switzerland SUI
6 Zhang Yiwei 21 China CHN
7 Shi Wancheng 23 China CHN
8 Tim-Kevin Ravnjak 17 Slovenia SLO
9 Kent Callister 18 Australia AUS
10 Danny Davis 25 United States USA
11 Christian Haller 24 Switzerland SUI
12 Greg Bretz 23 United States USA
13 Nathan Johnstone 23 Australia AUS
14 Taylor Gold 20 United States USA
15 Seamus O'Connor 16 Ireland IRL
16 Johann Baisamy 24 France FRA
17 Arthur Longo 25 France FRA
18 Jan Scherrer 19 Switzerland SUI
19 Derek Livingston 23 Canada CAN
20 Lee Gwang-Gi 20 South Korea KOR
21 Scott James 19 Australia AUS
22 Johannes Höpfl 18 Germany GER
23 Crispin Lipscomb 34 Canada CAN
24 Dimi de Jong 19 Netherlands NED
25 Nikita Avtaneyev 18 Russia RUS
26 Markus Malin 26 Finland FIN
27 Dolf van der Wal 26 Netherlands NED
28 Kim Ho-Jun 23 South Korea KOR
29 Jan Kralj 18 Slovenia SLO
30 Pavel Kharitonov 24 Russia RUS
31 Michał Ligocki 28 Poland POL
32 Ayumu Nedefuji 19 Japan JPN
33 Ilkka-Eemeli Laari 24 Finland FIN
34 Ben Kilner 25 Great Britain GBR
35 Janne Korpi 28 Finland FIN
36 Sergey Tarasov 25 Russia RUS
37 Ryo Aono 23 Japan JPN
38 Dom Harington 29 Great Britain GBR
39 Brad Martin 27 Canada CAN