LIVE BLOG - Sochi 2014 Men's Halfpipe FINALS

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Tune in to our live coverage of what is supposed to be the biggest snowboard contest on the planet ever to see whether Shaun White can successfully win his third Olympic gold, if Danny Davis can save snowboarding, and if the halfpipe can stay in one piece…

What can we say? If we thought things would improve after a fairly timid Qualification round, anticipating that the sun going down would hardening up the slushy semi tube, we were wrong. The Semis were in all truth pretty shocking – the pipe seemed even bumpier and slushier than before and the riders were clearly struggling.

But by the time the first rider drops for Finals, the much maligned shaping crew will have had a final shot at salvaging the situation, and it’ll be colder too, so maybe we’ll see an improvement? Erm, riiiiight.

Anyway, someone needs to win this thing to put it out of its misery. Here are those who’ll be riding, in order of dropping…

Tim-Kevin RAVNJAK, Wancheng SHI, Yiwei ZHANG, Kent CALLISTER, Greg BRETZ, Iouri PODLADTCHIKOV, David HABLÜTZEL, Danny DAVIS, Christian HALLER, Taku HIRAOKA, Ayumu HIRANO, Shaun WHITE.

 

Here’s the full chat from the blog in plain text:

6:21

Sam Oetiker: Welcome to our live coverage of the big one – the Sochi 2014 men’s halfpipe finals.
6:22

Tom Copsey: Hello, this is it. 15 minutes to go till the biggest contest in snowboarding gets caught – in political terms – with its trousers down, getting a good old gumming and a brown envelope full of coke-laced cash inserted in its exit hole. Or not! Hey, that’s the beauty of the OLYMPIC GAMES.
6:22

Tom Copsey: Too harsh? Sorry, still reeling from the Semis.
6:23

Tom Copsey: What did anyone reading make of the run up to this, so far?
6:25

emotional olympics
6:26

Tom Copsey: The stream is kicking in. For the riders who’ve sacrificed a whole lot of pow to dance a merry dance on the way to this moment, I, in all sincerity, hope this is great.
6:26

Tom Copsey: The rest can wait.
6:27

Yalda Walter: germans talking about………..guess who
6:27

Tom Copsey: Ahh, that would be the dulcet tones of a German talking about Shaun White, Yalda
6:28
Comment From Guest
Ayumu for president

Sam Oetiker: Yeah why not? He may be super quiet and not really able to speak English, but hell yeah!
6:28
Comment From Ballz
Save us DD!
6:28
Comment From Nik
In Swiss TV everything is about Ipod vs. White.

Yalda Walter: at least there’s ONE other person mentioned other than blanco

Tom Copsey: Something tells me there’s more to this than a straight head to head

Sam Oetiker: In my humble opinion, I-Pod has got a lot of stepping up to do if he wants to challenge Shaun. He can go so so much bigger than he was in the semis.
6:28

We’re primed and ready to go
6:29

6:29
Comment From Yuuuuu
Everyone so harsh on the pipe – if it’s that warm I’m not suprised it sucks – not the crews fault just the dam heat lol – I saw the ski jumping landing in puddles by the way lol

Tom Copsey: And whoever chose to hold the event in that precise location. Last time they held it effectively by the seaside, this time close to the … argh, it’s about to start!
6:29

6:29
Comment From Nik
i totally agree, Ipod can do a lot more than he has shown in the semis.

Tom Copsey: No doubt about that
6:31

Sam Oetiker: Tim Kevin Ravnjak is up, kicking off the men’s pipe finals. His first run went: backside air, front 10, haakon flip, front 9, back 5 with a little poke, inverted front 7.
6:32

Tom Copsey: Front 10 from TKR was pretty hefty
6:32

Yalda Walter: 72.25 for TKR
6:32
Comment From Nik
Gian Simmen co-commentator on Swiss TV. This guy talks soo funny!

Tom Copsey: Legend
6:33

Sam Oetiker: Shi Wancheng of China dropping next: front 10, cab 7, big frontside air, backside 9, MASSIVE front 10.
6:34

Sam Oetiker: A very strong start from the chinaman
6:34

Yalda Walter: big boy going big
6:34

Tom Copsey: When I were a lad kids used to get beat up for pulling such flagrant Tindys
6:34

Yalda Walter: shi wancheng 81.00
6:34

Sam Oetiker: We’re pretty gutted that Ryo Aono didn’t make it through. I remember first spotting him 4 years ago in Vancouver, absolutely sending it
6:35

Sam Oetiker: Yiwei Zhang dropping for run 1: backside air, front double 10, cab double 10 lands deep, front dub crippler, back dub barrel roll and a frontside 10 to finish!
6:35
Comment From Guest
ohh china rock it
6:35
Comment From Thomas
Wow that was insane. Four doubles!
6:35

Tom Copsey: What’s Chinese for ‘podium threat’?
6:36

Sam Oetiker: I can’t type it on my keyboard, sorry
6:36

Yalda Walter: 87.25 for zhang yiwei
6:37

Tom Copsey: That would be ‘講台威脅’ Thanks Google
6:37

Sam Oetiker: Kent Callister the Aussie bloke with the sick method is up!
6:37

Sam Oetiker: Get ready for that tweak…
6:38

Sam Oetiker: Kent’s run: THAT method, front 10, cab double, front crippler but he goes down!
6:38
Comment From Thomas
Wow Kent Callister had the sickest method
6:38
Comment From Nik
superstylish method!
6:38

Yalda Walter: callister: 40.00
6:39

Sam Oetiker: Where is Greg Bretz’s face!
6:39

Sam Oetiker: haha
6:39

Mike Brindley: Ninja stye..
6:39

Sam Oetiker: front double 10, cab dub 10 and he’s dooooowwwwnn!
6:39
Comment From Joe
I think it’s Shaun in disguise…

Sam Oetiker: Not with a run like that he ain’t!
6:40

the man with absolutely no face

Mike Brindley: He’s got one of them morph suits on.
6:40
Comment From silvio
ipod
6:40

Sam Oetiker: Let’s see it mr. pod
6:41

Yalda Walter: bretz: 21.75
6:41

Tom Copsey: Iouri giving it some proper Blue Steel on the big screen

6:41

Sam Oetiker: Iouri’s run: backside air, front 5, double mctwist, front dub 10, cab dub 10!
6:42

Sam Oetiker: That was one heck of a run from poddage!
6:42

ipod, resting.
6:42

Tom Copsey: Well, bit legit there from Iouri and I think he abandoned the last hit for fear of doing what he did at last year’s Euro X Games
6:42

Tom Copsey: he coulda squeezed in another hit, for me
6:42

Yalda Walter: 86.50 for ipod, coming in second
6:43
Comment From Nik
another hit would have been possible!
6:43

Sam Oetiker: Judges looking for less huck and more style?
6:43

Tom Copsey: Or a bit more height, perhaps
6:43

rainbow paraaade
6:43

Yalda Walter: david hablützls teammate lucien koch says about him that he is a bit of a psycho but also very brave and a good friend.
6:44

Sam Oetiker: David Hablützel is up next! His first run: front 7, cab dub 10, crippler, back 9, front 10.
6:45

Tom Copsey: Nice to see a switch slash at the end
6:45

Mike Brindley: Heeeeere’s Danny!
6:45

Sam Oetiker: A slice of Swiss precision from Mr. Hablützel there
6:46

Yalda Walter: 80.75 for hablützel, 4th place
6:46

Yalda Walter: daaaaaannnnnyyyyyyyy
6:46

Sam Oetiker: SAVE SNOWBOARDING!
6:47
Comment From Nik
that back 3!!!!
6:47

Yalda Walter: danny davis likes to listen to bob marley
6:47

Sam Oetiker: Epic back 3, massive switch method cab 10, front dub, mc twist, front dub 10 and noooooooooooo!
6:47

Mike Brindley: Donkey run i say…
6:47
Comment From Guest
anyone else think that danny davis is like the sage kotsenburg of pipe?

Tom Copsey: Think it’s safe to say you’re not alone in that thought
6:48

Sam Oetiker: I was literally so bummed when he broke his back before Vancouver 2010 4 years ago. So rad to see him here in 2014
6:48
Comment From Nik
favorite swiss rider! HITCH!!

Sam Oetiker: Hitch is indeed, a boss
6:48

Tom Copsey: The flat bottom just literally abandoned Davis there
6:48

Yalda Walter: danny davis 53.00
6:48

Yalda Walter: hitsch is on
6:48

Tom Copsey: In a Jamie Redknapp kind of literal way, of course
6:49

Sam Oetiker: Christian Haller’s first run goes a little something like: back 5, front dub 10, low cab 7, frontside air, backside air… he’s having trouble with the pipe there
6:49
piki

Good luck #shaunwhite #halfpipe #sochi #burton #usa

Mike Brindley: hahaha

Tom Copsey: If amazing had testicles

Sam Oetiker: On his expedition to Mars??
6:50

Yalda Walter: hitsch’s sister ursina is competing tomorrow, guess there’s another snowboarder mom besides the gold’s
6:50
Comment From shaun white
haaa gaaaaayyy

Tom Copsey: Shaun, dude. Focus and shit
6:51
Comment From Jill
So sad Danny wasn’t able to run out that last trick. Sick style.
6:51

Sam Oetiker: Taku Hiraoka’s first run: massive back 5! front 9, back 9, front 10, cab dub 10 but sits down in the tranny!
6:51

Yalda Walter: i don’t have a fun fact about taku so i’ll give you a random one. he is 18 years old..
6:51
Comment From Jean
that pipe is like a russion roulette!
6:52
Comment From Yoloswagger
Wonder if going last will be bad for Shaun; as the pipe will have been ridden a lot and developed a lot of ruts and bumps. Then again they might just reshape the pipe before Shaun’s go so he can win.
6:52

Yalda Walter: ayumu’s fucking 15 years old, that shit is crazy
6:52

Sam Oetiker: Ayumu Hirano up next! This kid rips so hard. Insane amounts of edge control
6:53
Comment From gian simmen
i would win again if i havent to commentate on this fucking swiss tv
6:53

Sam Oetiker: Aymu’s run: massive backside air, huuge front 10, cab 10, front 9 , back 9, front double 10
6:54

Tom Copsey: Ayumu struggling. But an Ayumu struggle is still a pretty decent run fo sho
6:54
Comment From Nik
my dad just said, that these cameraman have drunk too much vodka!

Tom Copsey: Your father is a wise man, Nik
6:54
Comment From Ballz
holly shiz
6:54

Sam Oetiker: just landing a little flat on that cab 10 and losing a bunch of speed
6:54
James Woodall@flywoodyflyStall or the greatest snowboard save ever #halfpipe #notingoodnick
6:54

Yalda Walter: ayumu 90.75, first fucking place at 15 years
6:54

Sam Oetiker: Still posts a big score though!
6:55

Sam Oetiker: Guess who’s up next…

Sam Oetiker: huuuge backside air, front dub 10 but he goes down on the cab 1440 double! Goes for another double and lands hard on the coping!
6:56
Comment From jonas bösinger
i want to train in this pipe!
6:56

6:56
Comment From silvio
go home shaun !
6:57

Tom Copsey: Well, Shaun won’t be victory lapping this OG
6:57

Yalda Walter: shaun white 35.00
6:57

Tom Copsey: Most pressure he’ll have ever had in an Olympic final, without doubt
6:58
Comment From Ballz
MEE azz

Sam Oetiker: Yeah that looked painful…
6:58

rainbow parade and standings
6:58

Sam Oetiker: Shaun is always one to handle the pressure though
6:58

6:59

Sam Oetiker: Who bets his coach Bud is still like “TRIPLE, TRIPLE, SOCHI, TRIPLE…”?
6:59
Comment From Mel
He will feel like a pressure cooker before the second run…
6:59
Sue@sue_pookI fear the only way Shaun White can win this now is if he pulls off the 1949 Backside Jamjar Ramalamadingdong Switch. #sochi2014 #halfpipe
6:59
Comment From Ballz
Shaun must be all butt hurt
7:00

Sam Oetiker: So back to the top!
7:00

Sam Oetiker: Tim Kevin run 2: backside air, frontside… he’s down!
7:00
Comment From Mr.Backflip
no backflips in this final :(

Tom Copsey: Have a word with your people, Mr Backflip
7:01

Sam Oetiker: Where’s Mr. handplant when you need him?
7:01

Yalda Walter: 16.50 for TKR
7:01

Yalda Walter: SHI
7:02
Comment From Nik
chineseman screaming the shit out of the pipe!
7:02

Yalda Walter: Shi: front 10 japan, big cab double, and that was it, hit the coping. still stoked though
7:03

Yalda Walter: shi’s score 25.00, 4th place
7:03
Comment From John Roderick
Whats the podium look like or it still going on?

Tom Copsey: Still on John
7:04

Yalda Walter: zhang yiwei dropping in: shit backside air, front double 10, front double 10, front double crippler, back double whobbledidho…. front 7
7:04
Comment From Arno
dejavu

Tom Copsey: If you have actually seen something before, but in fact havent, is that called vuja de in French? Always wondered
7:05
Comment From Elena Könz
GO Swiss Team . 10% trinkgeld regle du weisch

Tom Copsey: Yeah for the 10% rule Elena
7:05
Comment From Stephan Pichlmeier
Dont give a fuck about shaun white !!!
7:05

Yalda Walter: zhang yiwei 58.50
7:05
Comment From Ballz
Seriously this is the worst half pipe event I have seen.
7:06
Comment From Abi
déja vu (already seen)
7:06
Comment From Alex Pandelica
Shut the fuck up Stephan Pichlmeier!
7:06
Comment From John Roderick
Any triple attempt from Shaun?

Tom Copsey: Nah, he tried cab 14 double I think but made a mess of it. Hence 35 points after run 1
7:06
Comment From gangster
yalda, did he had a butter between his second and third jump?
7:06
Comment From Stephan Pichlmeier
Go SWISS
7:06
Comment From Abi
Hope Danny Davis does well!

Sam Oetiker: So do we Abi! Danny is everything right about snowboarding.
7:06

Sam Oetiker: Kent Callister is up! backside air, front 10, cab double 10 but landed flat and lost all his speed…
7:07

Sam Oetiker: cue the sombre, Australian monatage music
7:07

7:07
Comment From Hoak
WTF is up with this pipe?
7:07
Comment From John Roderick
Just 2x runs per rider?

Tom Copsey: Yep
7:07
Comment From Sam Oetiker
hi im gay hehe

Tom Copsey: Hi Sam’s little brother
7:08

Yalda Walter: FACELESS MAN!
7:08
Comment From Stephan Pichlmeier
Alex Pandelica keep Snowboarding real !
7:08

Sam Oetiker: Greg Bretz run 2: front dub 10, cab dub 10 and he’s down…
7:09
Comment From Nik
faceless man doing handplant! keepin it real

Tom Copsey: You’re in the future Nik, or a witch. In which case you should be BURNT!
7:09
Comment From Yoloswagger
Dat hand plant
7:09
Comment From tom copsey
hey sam im gay too, lets sexing togheter

Tom Copsey: Don’t tell the Russian’s for God’s sake!

7:10
Comment From Kat
Does the pipe look really bad?

Tom Copsey: Yes
7:10

Yalda Walter: oh my ipod
7:10
Comment From Stephan Pichlmeier
hahaha @tom copsey
7:11

Sam Oetiker: I-Pod is up! His second run: big backside air, frontside 5, double mctwist, front 10, cab double 1440! Yolo……
7:11

Mike Brindley: Huge run! Ahh man – so close to throwing his board into someone’s face too…
7:11

Tom Copsey: WHY DID HE PULL OUT THE LAST HIT AGAIN?
7:11
Comment From Nik
some people say i shall be burnt :(

Tom Copsey: Please, no one burn Nik. Please
7:12

worshipping the snowboard gods
7:12
Comment From Stephan Pichlmeier
nik best man !
7:12

Yalda Walter: SCORE IS 94.75 FOR IPOD
7:12
Comment From Abi
Wow that’s a good score for Iouri..the Swiss are looking good
7:12
Comment From Alex Pandelica
Jeeesssuuusss!! That score..
7:12

Sam Oetiker: That is going to take some beating!
7:12

Sam Oetiker: Is this it for Shaun?
7:13

ipod eating the camera
7:13

Tom Copsey: Yeah Iouri.
7:13
Comment From Alex Pandelica
Yeah!! Shaun will handle this one!!
7:13
Comment From $wi$$ BOy
juhuuiii
7:13
Katie@bruins22I cannot spell this dude’s name but he is so amped after that halfpipe run
7:14

Sam Oetiker: David Hablützel is up! His second run: front 10 cab double 10, double crippler, back 9, front 9.
7:14
Comment From Guest
wouldn’t fancy following that one from ipod!
7:14
Comment From Alex Pandelica
Remember when Shaun made 100 at Xgames 2012?
7:14
Comment From Abi
COME ON DANNY DAVIS!!!!
7:14
Comment From Nik
Swiss riders are going for it!
7:14
Comment From Stephan Pichlmeier
shaun is a faggot
7:14

Yalda Walter: habützel score: 88.5
7:14

Tom Copsey: DANNY, DANNY, DANNY, DANNY, DANNY, DANNY, DANNY, DANNY, DANNY, DANNY, DANNY, DANNY, DANNY, DANNY, DANNY, DANNY, DANNY, DANNY, DANNY, DANNY, DANNY, DANNY, DANNY, DANNY. Ooops, my impartial-ometer malfunctioned
7:15

Sam Oetiker: Let your fantastic facial hair guide you to your destiny
7:15
Comment From Alex Pandelica
Stephan Pichlmeier you’re just jealous

Tom Copsey: You two should just hug it out.
7:15

Sam Oetiker: Hablützel is in bronze position!
7:15

Yalda Walter: ohmygawd danny
7:15
Comment From Yoloswagger
I want a triple!
7:15
Comment From Guest
Go Ayumu!!!
7:16
Comment From Stephan Pichlmeier
And you are a skier
7:16
Comment From Hoak
GO DD!
7:16

Sam Oetiker: Nooooo Danny!
7:17

Sam Oetiker: Goes down on his final hit
7:17
Comment From Jill
Sadface.

Sam Oetiker: Mega sadface
7:17
Comment From Yoloswagger
Stephan and Alex sitting in a tree K-I-S-S-I-N-G!
7:17
Comment From Guest
haha yoloswagger!
7:17

Yalda Walter: :(
7:17

Yalda Walter: danny davis 45.25 boooooo
7:18
Comment From Alex Pandelica
At least I’m kissing a snowboard
7:18

Yalda Walter: hitschhaller
7:18

Yalda Walter: guys.. stop fighting.. spread the luvvv
7:19

Sam Oetiker: Hitch Haller run 2: back 5, front dub 10, cab 10, front 10, big haakon flip, front 9 but sits down!
7:19
Comment From Playa
spread your legs yalda

Yalda Walter: excuse me

Tom Copsey: Classy
7:19
Comment From Hoak
Come home DD, we got the good snow.
7:19
Comment From Yoloswagger
Holyshit snowboarding shizz is trending in the UK!
7:19
Comment From Guest
too bad for dd hope ipod takes the gold though

7:19

Yalda Walter: haller 51.50, 9th place
7:20
Comment From Alex Pandelica
What now there’s a golden iPod??? how much is that 10000$????
7:21

Yalda Walter: TAKU GOT BITCHING 92.25
7:21
Comment From Guest
ipod has bronze for sure
7:22
Comment From Guest
So sad about Double D… :(……Last hope is Shaun for the USA.
7:22

Sam Oetiker: Super sick run from Taku!
7:22

Sam Oetiker: Ayumu up next!
7:24
Comment From Hoak
Ayumu! waaaa
7:24

Sam Oetiker: massive backside air, front 10, massive cab dub 10, front 9, back 9, double
7:24

Yalda Walter: 93.50 für ayumu, silver!
7:25

Mike Brindley: That was ridiculous!
7:25
Comment From Hairman
I have better hair than dd

Tom Copsey: Possible, yet doubtful. Photo or we call bullshit

Yalda Walter: i doubt that
7:25
Comment From Nik
Showdown is on!
7:25

7:25
Comment From Alex Pandelica
GOOOOOOOOOOOO SHAUN WHITE!!!!!!!!!!
7:25

Sam Oetiker: Cue Kier Dillon: ‘And it all comes down to this final hit..’
7:25
Comment From Alex Pandelica
MOMENT OF THRUTH
7:26

Sam Oetiker: Here’s SHAUN!!
7:26

7:27

Tom Copsey: Can’t be good enough
7:27

Sam Oetiker: Maaassive backside air, front dub 10, cab dub a bit scuffed, front 5, mctwist 12, massive alley oop 5!
7:27
Comment From Kat
I’m nervous for Shaun

Tom Copsey: I think you should be
7:27

Mike Brindley: Assss to the floooor – take that claim and put it back in your pocket…
7:27

Sam Oetiker: Oooooooh
7:27

Yalda Walter: SHAUN WHITE IS IN FOURTH PLACE
7:27
Comment From Yoloswagger
HOLYSHIT
7:27
Comment From Alex Pandelica
DAMN…… SO CLOSE!!!!!!
7:27
Comment From Nik
Shaun s ass in the snow
7:27

Yalda Walter: 90.25
7:28
Comment From Janus
YESS!!! :D
7:28
Comment From Hoak
Big Nope!
7:28
Comment From Playa
shaun is qaay
7:28
Comment From Alex Pandelica

7:28
Comment From Nik
this can’t be better than Ipod! he nearly fell down
7:28
Comment From Nik
I think well deserved for Ipod!
7:28

Tom Copsey: Congrats Iouri!
7:29

Tom Copsey: Well played Shaun
7:29

Mike Brindley: Ipod is looking soooo stoked right now! Well done man!
7:29

Sam Oetiker: Wow, feeling a bit speechless here…
7:29
Comment From Braess
GOOOOOOOOOLD Für dschwiiiiiz!!! jaaaaa ipod!!!
7:29
Comment From Mel
What is wrong with the little Japanese? They won silver and bronze! Congrats to Youri!!! He is so happy :)
7:31
carosor1sen

Sykt av iPod! #ipod #sochi #2014 #snowboard #halfpipe
7:31

7:31

Tom Copsey: That is so sick for Iouri, and for better or worse, Shaun’s spotlight is fading
7:31

7:34

Sam Oetiker: What an unexpected result. Oh how the mighty has fallen.
7:34
Comment From Mel
That was impressive to say the least! Looking forward to the girls :)
7:34
Comment From Nik
i bet Shaun is never gonna compete again! haha
7:34
Comment From swiss cheesed
youri stops a 1/3 early, half assed his run and puts on a show like a soccer player to convince the judges. if u think ipod deserved that u are lying to yourself and are probably a xenophobe from swizzerland.
7:37
Comment From max
congrats TKR Slovenia !!
7:38
Comment From Guest
fuck u shaun is the man
7:38

Tom Copsey: And with that, out stream is out.
7:39
Comment From Joe
I can’t believe Shaun fluffed it…

Tom Copsey: I don’t think he’s every been in such a situation, certainly not used to it, and to be fair the pipe wasn’t the best. Here’s hoping he gets the right arsehole, calls out FIS and inadvertently helps snowboarding take control of it’s own future. Won’t hold my breath, though
7:46
Comment From shocked
It was a great run for Shawn…this is the end of him though. He will be 31 I believe for the next run at Gold! GL with that. Should have never cut his hair…that was his power! lol
7:48
Comment From Guest
Hirano run was the gold, what a robbery

Tom Copsey: Have to disagree there, sorry

Tom Copsey: On second thoughts, not so clear cut. Definitely not daylight robbery, but there’s perhaps a case for pickpocketing
7:58
Comment From Mel
I think Iouris run was worth gold for sure but what I don’t understand is that he misses the last hit and still gets more points than the others that did more jumps/ tricks. If you miss a kicker in slopestyle you lose points no? I don`t want to take anything out of Iouris medal, I just don’t understand this rule…
7:58
Comment From Joe
You’ve gotta ask if Shaun just spread himself too thin? Maybe had he focused on pipe the whole time he’d have better board control on a shitty pipe. Not making excuses, but it’s a fucking horrendous pipe…

Tom Copsey: Not buying the ‘spreading too thin’ thing. I think the quality of the pipe was a massive factor, though, and as our photo ed was saying, it in many ways was a bit of a lottery whether you’d hit an Ok bit or not, but they all had to ride the same thing at the end of the day. That’s not taking anything away from Iouri, Ayumu and Taku. They coped best, bossed it, and it was nice to see Shaun straight over to Iouri to congratulate him too
8:22
Comment From OlympicRobberyPipe
the pipe was like the ice to put fish to sell on the market … but same for all. Hirano run was gold, more height, more doubles, more tricks and more style/clean lands. This was such a great robbery, Ipod was good, but no way beats Hirano 2nd run

Tom Copsey: Hard to be objective without watching again. Initial thoughts were that Iouri was more tech – Double McTwist 12 and Cab double 14 – but guess debate will rage about the final missed hit and Ayumu’s more stock – but certainly higher – tricks

Tom Copsey: There was the ‘setup’ front 5, but then he front 10d into cab double 14… all I know is judging is a thankless task. They’re basically the traffic wardens of snowboarding
8:27
Comment From Joe
Shaun’s taken some fucking horrendous slams this season and he seems to be getting these wee niggles more and more. Whether the niggles are true or not, I don’t even want to go into, but I think he’s super strong right now but his body is just super tired if that makes sense? Maybe coming in with all the pressure finally got to the ‘Iceman’ of snowboarding? Fuck, who knows, obviously massive props to the new champs, well deserved. I aways feel sorry for Christian Haller though…poor wee chap!
8:54

Tom Copsey: My mum says: “Sean White – Trouser too tight!” And with that, we out. Thanks for your comments. See you for women’s pipe finals tomorrow.

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