LIVE BLOG - Sochi 2014 Men's Halfpipe Qualification

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Welcome to our live coverage of the Sochi 2014 men’s halfpipe qualification! We’ll be reporting on all the action as it happens with run-by-run analyses, failed attempts at being funny and other cool shit in our live blog below. Tune in, or well, don’t…

We’ll be kicking things off today, right here at 11am CET.

Here’s how competitors can qualify for halfpipe finals:

  • The 43 male snowboarders have been randomly divided into two heats.
  • In each heat, the top 3 riders will progress straight to finals later today.
  • The following 6 highest scoring riders from each heat will battle it out in the semi finals, with the top 6 from that joining the automatic qualifiers in a 12 man final.\

Get involved with our live blog below by leaving a comment or hitting us up on twitter @onboardmag.

 

Here is the chat from the live blog in plain text:

10:21
Sam Oetiker: Tune in at 11:00 CET where we’ll be kicking off our live coverage of the men’s halfpipe qualifiers.
10:22
Sam Oetiker: If it actually goes ahead of course: http://onboardmag.com/snowboarding-events/other-snowboarding-events/sochi-2014-riders-not-happy-with-the-state-of-the-halfpipe.html
10:28

Tom Copsey: Latest news reports indicate that Qualis will go ahead at 11 CET as planned. And it sounds like the pipe is a total junkshow…
10:30

Tom Copsey: Torah Bright’s brother and coach, Benny, is just one of the people pissed. Via the Sydney Morning Herald: ““It’s come down to the final hour, the final minute. The men’s contest is going live to the world and the Federation of International Skiing has let ego get in the way of a good contest. They barely got it [right] in Vancouver [at the Olympics in 2010] and they haven’t got it here. So fuck. Surprise surprise. It is dangerous at the moment. You’ve got a mixed event going on – moguls and halfpipe together – so it’s fucking retarded.””
10:33

Tom Copsey: Danny Davis talks of turd polishing on Instagram… theDDeadshow – O boy. Doing all they can to polish the turd. Yeehaw!
10:33
toddrichards@btoddrichardsUpdate: people are practicing. “What does this mean, what’s the significance…I DONT KNOW !” -Pee Wee Herman
10:37
toddrichards@btoddrichardsOk hot of the presses: the event will go as planned. Format is intact. Starting first round at 2* sched subject to sudden drastic changes.
10:42

Tom Copsey: Lots of talk has been centred on the FIS overlooking renowned pipe sculptors Snow Park Technologies in favour of the company they’ve been using for their own World Cup events.
10:47

Tom Copsey: When mainstream news are calling on snowboarders to boycott the Olympics, you gotta figure something’s wrong. This light reading from Yahoo Sports should pass your time till the qualifiers starts – http://sports.yahoo.com/news/it-s-time-for-snowboarders-to-do-one-thing–boycott-the-sochi-games-221805274-olympics.html?soc_src=mediacontentstory
10:49

Tom Copsey: In other news, I never get as much bullshit spam as I do when the Olympics is on
10:51
The Fake ESPN@TheFakeESPNSnowboarders say Sochi’s halfpipe worse than all of Flappy Bird’s pipes combined.

Mike Brindley: What the fuck is all the Flappy Bird hype about and when will it go away?
10:54
toddrichards@btoddrichardsPipe is on ! Looks like it’s running a lot better than last night. Question is will it hold up to 100… instagram.com/p/kRX9xwlMke/
10:54
chernovchernov

Готовим трассу на #halfpipe. Сегодня квалификация, полуфинал и финал. Мужчины. С нетерпением ждем начала!

Mike Brindley: Rumour is the new format could involve dodging a whole lot of volunteers – just to mix things up

Tom Copsey: If this was a football match you’d expect the crowd to be crowing “YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING!”
10:57
Comment From matt

http://www.fis-ski.com/mm/Document/documentlibrary/Snowboard/04/21/07/FISSnowboardJudgesbook1314_Final_English.pdf

10:57
Stu Soars

It becomes a good pipe or it gets the hose again… Watering the pipe and treating it to some chems. #olympics #halfpipe

Mike Brindley: Here’s one a bit closer up – hard at work
11:00

Sam Oetiker: So who thinks Shaun will try and chuck a triple?

Mike Brindley: Maybe not if the conditions aren’t right…
11:01

Sam Oetiker: Unlikely I say if the pipe is riding as shit as everyone is making out…
11:01

Yalda Walter: so today we’ve traded beer for croissants, i have a good feeling about that

Mike Brindley: Very civilised!

Sam Oetiker: We’ll be on the beer by the time finals are on, fear not.
11:01

Sam Oetiker: So we’re still waiting for our dodgy German stream to start. Should be any minute now…
11:03

Mike Brindley: We’re already watching some stellar pipe reworking going down – they’ve got the hose and bucket out
11:04

Tom Copsey: If, as many are predicting, this pipe contest is a damp squib, Shaun can’t do his fancypants new tricks, has a good old moan as judges reward contorted grabs over überflips, and calls out the FIS publicly, TV stations get the hump and everyone on the planet thinks ‘what the hell is a ski federation doing running snowboarding’, does that mean snowboarding would actually win by default?

Sam Oetiker: I believe it does Tom!
11:04

Fear not – the experts are on the case

Yalda Walter: bawse
11:04

Sam Oetiker: Remember that you can interact with our blog by dropping us a comment above. We’ll be posting the best ones here!
11:05
Comment From Guest
FUCK IOC. Before to build a pipe, learn HOW to build a pipe……
11:05

Tom Copsey: Oh my gosh. Just seeing the pipe for the first time. Looks like they rebuilt the Nagano pipe…
11:05

halfpipe filled with rainbows and happiness
11:06
Comment From Guest
I see the buckets, now where are the seals?
11:06
Comment From air pierre
what did they spray on the halfpipe?
11:06
Comment From Guest
The pipe is fucked, and Arthur will guinea pig…
11:07

Tom Copsey: Longo to drop first…
11:07
Comment From air pierre
ARTHURBO!
11:09

longo
11:09

Sam Oetiker: Here’s Arthur’s first run: front 7, cab 10, front 9, back 5, front double 10, sw alley oop rodey 720
11:09
Comment From Youri
Slow and bumpy. Thanks FIS!
11:10
Comment From air pierre
federation de suck
11:10
Comment From Youri
79.25 what has he done wrong in that shit hole?
11:10

Mike Brindley: Let’s see what Ayumu can do with it
11:11

Sam Oetiker: Ayumu Hirano up next: backside air MASSIVE, frontside 10, cab 10, front 9, back 5, front dub 10
11:11

damn
11:12

Sam Oetiker: That first hit was ridonkulous
11:12

Mike Brindley: LAYING IT DOWN
11:12
toddrichards@btoddrichardsPipe is riding pretty damn good. People are boosting.
11:12

Tom Copsey: Well, Ayumu did alright didn’t he. That backside air was fakin big.
11:12

Tom Copsey: 92.25 for Ayumu
11:12

Yalda Walter: hirano’s the youngest of the comp at 15 years
11:13

Yalda Walter: that jacket is very, very orange
11:13

Sam Oetiker: Dolf Van Der Wal: front 10, cab 10 no grab, big frontside air, but back 9 to deck!
11:13
Jonathan Weaver@Jonathan_WeaverAyumu coming out swinging
11:13
Comment From BOSSTRIAN
Would not like to change with those guys riding in this conditions and shapes while litterly risking their soundness and then get judged from a bunch of someone.

Tom Copsey: True dat
11:13
Comment From idfk
yessir – ayumo gonna kill the juan blanco & the ipod

11:14
Comment From lap
oh shit Dolf ate it!
11:14
Comment From air pierre
anyone got a online livestream link? they are making me watch curling russia vs norway here in russia.

Tom Copsey: We’re on the German one. That’s all we can say.
11:15

lets just hang out here for a bit
11:16
Comment From BOSSTRIAN
austria stream is blessing me with some woman on thiny skies battling it out in the flat
11:16
Comment From BOSSTRIAN
Thanks AustriaTV
11:16

Yalda Walter: TTR Facts about Baisamy’s height: “Not tall” :/
11:16

Sam Oetiker: Johann Baisamy just put down a decent run with 5s and 7s
11:17

Mike Brindley: Dew tour boss Greg Bretz next to drop
11:17

Sam Oetiker: Greg Bretz first run: front dub 10, haakon flip, front 9, back 9, front 10, cab 10 but all really small hits
11:17
Comment From Rom
what is wrong? Johann deserv better
11:17

Sam Oetiker: That pipe is looking so slow
11:18
Comment From ANN
GOOO HIIIITCH
11:18

Tom Copsey: 71.75 for Bretz. Didn’t really go so big to be fair
11:20

Sam Oetiker: Christian Hitch Haller up next! His run: massive backside air, front 10, cab 10, front 5, back 5, front double 10,
11:20

11:21

Tom Copsey: Ryo Ayono up.
11:21

Sam Oetiker: Ryo Aono first run: front 10, cab 10, massive front 9, back 9 but just slips out!
11:22

Sam Oetiker: Unlucky for Ryo there. He was going big that’s for sure!
11:22

Yalda Walter: 37.50
11:22

Sam Oetiker: Juust under-rotating that back 9
11:23

Tom Copsey: Janne Korpi geting set to try better his 3rd place at the recent BEO on allegedly the biggest stage in snowboarding. Wouldnt know it from the pipe…
11:23

Sam Oetiker: Janne Korpi up next! His first run: huge air to fakie double poke, cab 10 double but sits down
11:24

Yalda Walter: 28.
11:24

Tom Copsey: Have to say, just thinking back to Vancouver now, I seem to remember the state of the pipe for the qualifiers being equally slow, slushy and shabby if I’m being fair.
11:24

Sam Oetiker: It has to be so frustrating for these guys to train so hard to qualify for the Olympics to ride a sub par halfpipe
11:24

Tom Copsey: Sergey Tarasov. Cue Russians going wild…
11:25
Scott A.@Scottyosthat halfpipe looks like its on par with the shady construction of sochi itself
11:25
Silvia Mittermüller@SilviaMittermul Retweeted by toddrichardsAyumu just made the Sochi halfpipe look pretty ok… Despite all the complaints…
11:25

Sam Oetiker: His run: backside air, front 10 to ass. well that was over quickly wasn’t it
11:25
Comment From BOSSTRIAN
True that tom, aren’t finals later in the day then or I’m wrong maybe conditions are better then
11:26

Yalda Walter: 23.00
11:26

Sam Oetiker: Kildog!
11:26

Tom Copsey: Silli makes a good point, though put him in the Nagano pipe from 98 and I bet he’d still go triple overhead. Kid’s unnaturally good
11:26
Comment From lap
it’s looking like halfpipe riding 15 years back (minus the doubles)
11:27

Sam Oetiker: Ben Kilner’s run: massive backside air, front 10 bad landing, Haakon flip, front 9, back 5 ass scratcher…
11:27
toddrichards@btoddrichardsAnyone who has ridden a @HighCascade snowboard camp pipe well, may have an advantage here in Sochi. Summer slush with salt pockets
11:27

Tom Copsey: Nice backside air Ben Kilner
11:27

Mike Brindley: I wonder how much the British snowboarding audience has grown since Jenny’s medal this weekend?
11:28

Yalda Walter: 43.50
11:28

Sam Oetiker: 6th place for Ben Kilner
11:28

11:28

Sam Oetiker: Nikita Avkaneev up next
11:29

Sam Oetiker: He goes for big backside air, front double, cab double, front 9, backside 5 to the coping!
11:29

Mike Brindley: Juuust biting the lip..
11:30
Dasha Pimanova
#olympics #sochi2014 #backstage #halfpipe
11:30

Yalda Walter: 34.50
11:30

Sam Oetiker: Pavel Kharitonov up next, he’s a regular footer and the FIS official homepage tells me his Zodiac is Leo…
11:30
Comment From air pierre
fuck this im outta here, u guys dont even post my comments. filter man, im gonna find you! muhahah

Tom Copsey: would do if you didnt keep asking for a stream mate. like i said, we’re on the local german one. its all we’ve got
11:31
Comment From Rom
lol sam
11:31

Sam Oetiker: He goes for: backside tailgrab, frontside 10, cab 7, frontside 9, back 5, front 5

11:31

Tom Copsey: That was the loosest run so far for me. Looked like he was on the verge of killing himself the whole way down..
11:32

Yalda Walter: karitonov 58.75
11:32

Mike Brindley: Seamus the ‘irish’ rider up next
11:33

Sam Oetiker: Seamus O’Connor from Ireland. First run: backside air, frontside crippler, back 5, front 10, haakon flip nosegrab, and wtf camera man!
11:33
Comment From Youri
FIS pipe/organisation and IOC/Russian broadcasting, odds are against snowboarding today..
11:33

Yalda Walter: pairing seamus’ pants with van der wal’s jacket would result in eye cancer
11:33

Tom Copsey: Much has been made of the state of the pipe, but I must say the state of the camerawork is really pretty shit
11:34

Mike Brindley: He also came in for slopestyle – if i remember rightly he’s american born with english parents, and irish grandparents – or something like that….
11:34
Comment From Rom
lol yalda
11:34

Yalda Walter: o’connor 66.25
11:34

Tom Copsey: Dom Harington up now
11:34

Sam Oetiker: Dom Harington from the UK up next! front 7 to ass!
11:35
Comment From kap
low level :-(

Sam Oetiker: Sadly yes. The pipe is simply not up to scratch eh?

Tom Copsey: To be fair, not had many of what you would honestly call top-level riders drop yet
11:35

Sam Oetiker: Saying that, kids like Ayumu and Ryo have been going big anyways
11:35
Comment From Rom
eye cancer with dim
11:36

Yalda Walter: 7 to ass, but no bootylicous score for dom: 12.75
11:36

Sam Oetiker: He’s still smiling though!
11:37

Sam Oetiker: Dimi De Jong up next from the Netherlands. Front 5 back 5 tail, front 10 to ass!
11:37
Comment From Rom
yeah pretty good atmosphere across competitors, that’s nice to see
11:37
Comment From kap
if you are good you are good anywhere
11:37

Yalda Walter: 25.25
11:38

Yalda Walter: hirano, longo, haller current standings
11:38

Yalda Walter: top 3 from each heat go through to finals
11:39
Comment From Youri
Not bad Dimi with a tennis racket under his feet!
11:39

Sam Oetiker: Kwang-Ki Lee: backside air (big), front 10, cab mctwist??
11:39

Tom Copsey: I want to see Lee’s last trick again
11:39

Mike Brindley: Are those the first Light up boots we’ve seen on the Korean?
11:40

Tom Copsey: Lee went down on like a supercab McTwist – that would be SICK if he landed that. Never seen anyone do one of those before
11:40

Yalda Walter: 27.00 lee
11:40
Comment From Konrad
Lee has blinking LEDs on his swoosh!!
11:41

mr. fantsy pants, who is he anyways?

Mike Brindley: I believe he’s lost..
11:41

Sam Oetiker: David Hablützel is up! big front 7, cab dub 10, frontside crippler, backside 9, front 10 juust, but eats it last hit!
11:42

Sam Oetiker: He ran out of pipe there!

Mike Brindley: That was definitely optimistic to go for that hit..
11:42

Yalda Walter: According to FIS official homepage, Shi’s nickname is „Big Boy“,
11:42

Yalda Walter: COME ON BIG BOI
11:43

Yalda Walter: Wancheng SHI, that is
11:43
Comment From Guest
that’s pepe, Swiss coach
11:44

Sam Oetiker: Wancheng Shi is dropping next! front 7, big cab dub 10, lien air, back 9, and come on camera man, seriously!
11:44

Yalda Walter: cameraman can’t quite keep up, huh..
11:44

Sam Oetiker: Needs to lay off the vodka
11:44

Tom Copsey: Hire the fucking X Games lot – the whole LOT OF THEM
11:44

Mike Brindley: Tindys and tailfishes, cue the haters
11:45

Yalda Walter: 76.00
11:45

Tom Copsey: 76 for Shi the Big Boy
11:46

Sam Oetiker: Tim Kevin Ravnjak up next! His first run: backside air, frontside 10, cab 7, frontside 9, back 5 but he is not stoked!
11:47

Yalda Walter: TKR 68.75
11:48

love the camera guy. he knows what hes doing…

Mike Brindley: He’s just stubborn man – aint moving for nobody

Tom Copsey: Mega LOLZ
11:48

Sam Oetiker: Derek Livingston from Canada up next and he puts down: cab 5, front 9, backside 9, front 7, cab…. goes down!
11:49

Yalda Walter: 34.25 for livingston
11:49

Sam Oetiker: Scotty James, the Aussie up next!

Sam Oetiker: Correction that’s heat 1 done, Scotty will be first up in heat 2

Sam Oetiker: Gooday mate
11:50

Yalda Walter: hirano, longo, wancheng current stnandings
11:51

Sam Oetiker: And we go back to the top for second runs!
11:51

Sam Oetiker: What did everyone make of the first runs?
11:52
Comment From Guest
nope 2nd run of heat 1 is up next

Sam Oetiker: Yep we figured! We’re just running off one big ass start list here…
11:53

Tom Copsey: I thought Ayumu smashed it and the rest were kinda mediocre. No idea what he does to his board or what gym he goes to, but Hirano’s just got the edge despite shitty conditions
11:53

Tom Copsey: C’MON LONGO
11:53
Comment From Biscuit
had to alter my software on my pc to watch the halfpipe, bbc 2 is showing curling????? thankgod for the web…
11:54

Sam Oetiker: Arthur’s second run: frontside 7, cab 10 but MASSIVE!
11:54

Sam Oetiker: but goes down….
11:54

Tom Copsey: What are the Frenchies thinking about that?
11:55

Yalda Walter: longo 20.75
11:55

Sam Oetiker: Arthur will have to wait for semi’s for another chance to qualify for finals
11:55

Sam Oetiker: AYUMU!
11:55

Sam Oetiker: Look out for that massive first hit…
11:55

Yalda Walter: ayumu is 15 years old, that makes him the youngest competitor. i kinda get motherly feelings when i see him
11:55

Yalda Walter: WHAT THE FUCK
11:56

Tom Copsey: Some MONG just screwed out live stream. Anyone with access to the internet please let us know…
11:56

Tom Copsey: FUCK YOU GERMANY!
11:56

Tom Copsey: ICE HOCKEY???
11:56

Mike Brindley: Ahh shit – smooth run from Ayumu but can’t top his first – 64.75
11:56

Tom Copsey: Sorry to any Germans out there. Tell your TV stations to sort their shit out…
11:57

Mike Brindley: He just skidded out a bit on his last hit
11:57

Yalda Walter: ayumu 64.75, no idea what he did THANK YOU FUCKING GERMAN LIVE STREAM
11:57

Tom Copsey: Stream is back. That was probably Fischi hacking the feed.
11:58

Sam Oetiker: Dolf Van Der Wal up now: front 10, cab 10 no grab, frontside air, backside 5, front 9
11:58

Tom Copsey: Would be surprised if that’s enough for Dolf.
11:58
Comment From Guest
@onboardmag hahaha tom copsey
11:58

think i know where the designers got their inspiration for the jacket
11:59

Yalda Walter: dolfus 62.50
11:59

Yalda Walter: (i know his name’s dolf but dolfus sounds very mighty)
12:00

Sam Oetiker: Johann Baisamy is up! Viva la France! His second run: massive frontside 10, cab 10, front 9 tail, backside 9 tail, front double ten but sits down…
12:00
Comment From Rom
arg johann
12:00

Sam Oetiker: He is pissed with that last hit!!
12:00

i think it’s very nice that they’re trying to integrate blind people but i don’t know if it’s a good idea to let them do the camera

Tom Copsey: Shocking, really. Really.
12:01

Sam Oetiker: Greg Bretz from the US of A is up next with his second run
12:01

Yalda Walter: 36.75 for baisamy and he’s not happy
12:01

Sam Oetiker: He needs to step it up here
12:01
Comment From Guest
@onboardmag , this pipe is getting cut up
12:02

Sam Oetiker: Bretz run 2: front double 10, haakon flip, front 9, back 9 japan, front 10, cab 10 but sits down…
12:03

Sam Oetiker: Remember is the only dude to have beaten Shaun White in pipe this season
12:03

Tom Copsey: Nicht genug, as people who like to switch snowboarding streams to ice hockey mid way through would say.
12:03

12:03
Comment From ANN
HIIIITSCH WE LOOVE YOUUUU
12:03

Yalda Walter: bretz 52.50
12:03
Comment From Guest
sam, scotty lago took bronze at vancouver!

Tom Copsey: I spiked Sam’s Frosties this morning with Acid. Apologies

Sam Oetiker: Course he did! Yeah, should not have eaten those frosties this morning, they tasted funny
12:04

Sam Oetiker: Hitch Haller is up! His 2nd run: backside air, front 10 sketchy, cab 10, front 9, back 5, front double 10
12:05

This screenshot of christian haller’s run comes courtesy of the sochi cameraman

Yalda Walter: he’s doing it pretty good for a blind person though.. give him credit for that, man
12:06
Comment From Guest
tom, a beer could help then

Tom Copsey: You made me feel like Bilbo in Lord of the Rings. “Don’t… tempt me, Frodo!”
12:06

Sam Oetiker: Ryo Aono’s second run: big front 10, but goes down second hit!
2:07

Sam Oetiker: And his goggle lenses have gone walkabout
12:07

never leave your trash in the pipe
12:07

Mike Brindley: What a kerfuffle..
12:07
Comment From lap
And to think Shaun White skipped slopestyle for this shit
12:07

Yalda Walter: haller 83.75
12:08

Yalda Walter: ryo 13.00
12:08
Louise Strecker@batpoetRT @roxscott: Great shot from men’s halfpipe qualifying of @gregbretzz via @USATsportsImage pic.twitter.com/r9LOSNZxD0

12:08

Sam Oetiker: Janne Korpi run 2: air to fakie, cab double 10, alley oop back rodeo 7, back 9, front 10 to asscheck. No Janni!
12:09

Tom Copsey: Janne was looking decent there till that front 10. Loving his variety
12:09
Comment From jw
shaun white coming up soon?

Sam Oetiker: Shaun is up in the second heat
12:09
Comment From Guest
wow, ryo is the first top dog out of the game!
12:09

Yalda Walter: korpi’s score 41.00
12:09

Yalda Walter: korpi’s wearing fierce pants
12:09

Sam Oetiker: Sergey Tarasov from Russia up next, listen to that crowd!
12:11

Sam Oetiker: backside air, frontside 9, mctwist, frontside 7, haakon flip, but stacks it!
12:11
Benji Farrow@benjifarrow Retweeted by toddrichardsOh this announcer annoys me so much, if I had a dime for every trick he has called wrong or not at all…….#menshalfpipe #Sochi2014
12:11

Yalda Walter: tarasov 39.50
12:12

Sam Oetiker: Ben Kilner up next – his second run: backside air, frontside 10 but he’s down!!
12:13

Tom Copsey: Just didnt really have the speed or pop to get that front 10 round
12:13

Yalda Walter: kilner’s out. his score’s 16.25
12:13
Comment From Guest
@sam ryo is – just like janne now – not ranked 4 to 9, so he won’t make it to the semis!

Sam Oetiker: Yeah, it’s those Frosties I tell you, feeling kind of dizzy and weird ;p In all seriousness though you’re bang on there. Ryo is done!
12:14

Sam Oetiker: Nikita Avtaneev up next. His second run: backside air, front dub 10, cab 5/7 (camera guy sucks!), front 9, back 5, front 10
12:16

Yalda Walter: avtaneev and his fancy pants’ score at 63.75, 9th place
12:16

Tom Copsey: On the bubble. What’s Pavel KHARITONOV got to say about that
12:16

Yalda Walter: kharitonov’s stance is regular, his zodiac sign is leo

Mike Brindley: What did he have for breakfast Yalda?
12:17
toddrichards@btoddrichardsOh yeah, solid decision guys. #bummed pic.twitter.com/wwerVm6aue

Yalda Walter: six thumbs up
12:17

Sam Oetiker: Pavel Kharitonov is up. His second run was: backside air, front 10 sketch, cab 5, front 9, back 5, frontside 5
12:18

Tom Copsey: Turns out, he didn’t say much.
12:18

Sam Oetiker: That was a pretty loose run…
12:18

Tom Copsey: Looser than a post-curry fart

Mike Brindley: Pure poetry..

Yalda Walter: inspiring!
12:19

Yalda Walter: 54.50
12:19

Yalda Walter: for pavel that is
12:19

Mike Brindley: Gotta say this Seamus kid is pretty impressive..
12:20

Sam Oetiker: Seamus O’Connor dropping next. His 2nd run: backside air, front crippler, back 5, front 10, cab 7, FRONT 12!!
12:20

Tom Copsey: Well played, Seamus
12:20
Comment From lap
our blindman cameraguy seems to have found the zoom button. doesn’t help
12:20

Sam Oetiker: Rad to see him switch up his grabs mid spin too!
12:21

switching the grabs!
12:21
Comment From F. Kruger
worst live footage ever. could they please switch back to ice hockey?
12:21
Comment From Guest
get in seamus
12:21

Tom Copsey: 71.5 and into 6th for O’Connor
12:21

Who you gonna call…?
12:22

Sam Oetiker: Dom Harington dropping! His second run: front 7, cab double 10, frontside air, mctwist, front 10 but he goes down!
12:23

Tom Copsey: Unlucky Dom
12:23

Yalda Walter: harington’s score, 37.25
12:23

Tom Copsey: Trannies look like they’re slushy as hell
12:23
Comment From lap
go Dimi!
12:24

Sam Oetiker: Remember that top 3 go straight to finals and positons 4-9 will ride in semis for 6 more finals spots.
12:25

Sam Oetiker: Dimi de Jong’s second run: front 5, back 5, HUUGE front 10, cab 7, front 9
12:25
Comment From lap
hmm, dimi enough for ninth?

Tom Copsey: Would be surprised, to be honest.
12:25
Comment From lap
me too
12:25
Comment From Kalin
Does Shaun White went ?

Tom Copsey: He’s in the second heat. That starts when this heat’s over.
12:26
Henri Huhtiniemi

#talmaski #halfpipe esta mucho fun #snowboarding <3

Mike Brindley: Plans for the next olympic pipe have just been unveiled..
12:26
Comment From lap
whoa!

Sam Oetiker: He’s on the bubble!
12:26

Yalda Walter: dimi 64.25 ninth place
12:27

Tom Copsey: Colour me surprised
12:27
Comment From max
what about TKR ?

Tom Copsey: Drops in a couple minutes for his second run
12:28

Sam Oetiker: Kwang Ki Lee is up with run 2: backside air, front 10, supercab mctwist! front 9, back 5, front double, just holds on
12:28

Tom Copsey: YES. Lee lands his supercab Mctwist. Lost lots of speed through his run though… will it be enough to sneak in the top 9?
12:28
Comment From lap
fair. exit dutchies.
12:28
astriiidaaby

Vinter OL ❄️| #brunch #vinterol #snowboard #halfpipe #dr3 #peterfalktoft #love #eggs #chailatte #juice #relax #stilleogroligt #metime

Mike Brindley: Um i think we’re all watching the lympics with the wrong people guys..

Tom Copsey: Brekkie of champions
12:29

Yalda Walter: lee 69.50 8th place
12:29

Yalda Walter: hablützel is next, or as sam likes to call him: habibibbpüblbüblübtzl,
12:30
Comment From lap
thats a lot of breakfast for a single girl..

Yalda Walter: it’s never enough dude
12:30

Sam Oetiker: David Hablützel from Switzerland is up! His 2nd run: frontside 7, cab dub 10, fs crippler, back 9, front 9 to slash!
12:31

Tom Copsey: That was impressive from Dave. Sorry, David. Sorry, Dah-vid
12:31

Sam Oetiker: Solid run from the guy that my terrible german pronunciation cannot say
12:31

Yalda Walter: habützel’s score as 81, third place that is
12:31

Sam Oetiker: Wallop
12:31

Tom Copsey: BOOOM.
12:31

Yalda Walter: BIG BOIIII
12:31

Mike Brindley: Thwak!
12:32

Yalda Walter: i wonder how the fis came up with that nickname, gotta be some gangsters there $$$
12:32

Mike Brindley: We’re doing batman sound effects right?
12:32

Sam Oetiker: Wancheng Shi’s second run: frontside 10 Japan and he. is. down.
12:32

Yalda Walter: big boy goes down :(
12:34

Sam Oetiker: Tim Kevin Ravnjak with his second run: backside air, front 10, cab 7, and my trick caller has lost it!!
12:34
Comment From Guest
yalda, data base info is provided by national feds…

Yalda Walter: don’t get it, what do you mean?
12:34

Mike Brindley: 76.5 and he’ll see the semi finals
12:35
Comment From lap
is the 2nd heat right after this one?

Tom Copsey: After what we’d imagine would be a hefty reshape
12:35
Comment From Guest
the nick name is provided by the national federation, this case by the chinese…

Yalda Walter: so then the chinese got the gangster swag going, fine with me
12:35
Comment From max
yee go TKR !!!
12:35

Yalda Walter: 76.50, fifth place for TKR
12:36

Sam Oetiker: Derek Livingston with the final run of heat 1: cab 7, front 9, back 9 Japan, frontside 7, cab 10!
12:37

Tom Copsey: And that’s it for Round 1 of the qualifiers
12:37

happiest dude everrrrr
12:37

Mike Brindley: Livingstone misses it by a point – 70.25
12:38

Sam Oetiker: oooh unlucky!
12:38
Comment From lap
imagine training for years, no partying, no social life etc. then this is your olympics. two runs in a crappy pipe. actually feel a bit sorry for those guys. like after watching Russia calling.

Sam Oetiker: Definitely, such a shame that these guys can’t properly show us the tricks that they’ve all been working on
12:39

final scores yo
12:40

12:40
Comment From Nik
when is the second heat starting?

Sam Oetiker: Second heat is up at 13:00 CET, 20 minutes time! Time to grab a coffee…

Tom Copsey: now delayed 10 minutes.
12:41
Comment From Konrad
I saw shi male on the sreen with one eye and then it disappeared

Sam Oetiker: Yeah the camera work has been awful hasn’t it?
12:44
Comment From Youri
Yo guys what do they say on German tv? 3 or 4 qualified directly? On french tv they say 4 and on sochi website 3 ?!

Sam Oetiker: We’re pretty sure it’s 3…
12:47
Comment From Nik
How cool is that! 2 Swiss riders directly into the Final! really stoked for hitch and david!
12:50
Elena Hight@ElenahightMens Halfpipe is coming up tomorrow, do you think we’ll see @shaun_white land a triple? #sochi #olympics2014

Sam Oetiker: Somehow, doubt it.
12:51
toddrichards@btoddrichardsAdmiral Ackbar says: pic.twitter.com/Yl3PmC7KUW

12:52

Tom Copsey: Heat 2 looking fairly stacked. Piiroinen, IPod, Taylor Gold, Danny Davis, Scharrer, Malin in the mix. And some fella called Shaun.
12:52

Sam Oetiker: Will they switch out the drunk camera guy in heat 2 for someone who can actually operate one?
12:54

Tom Copsey: Here’s the start list for round 2 in full…
12:55

Sam Oetiker: I almost think I’d be comfortable riding this halfpipe. Usually they have 22 foot walls made of sheet ice but this one looks nice and soft… #springshred!
12:56

Sam Oetiker: Some heavy hitters coming up for sure. I can’t wait to see Danny’s run
12:56

Sam Oetiker: Switch methods ftw
12:58

Sam Oetiker: Who thinks we’ll be seeing YOLO (*shudder…*) flips in heat 2?
12:59

Just found this artist’s impression of the Vancouver pipe I did in 2010. Looks much like this Sochi one. Mad clairvoyance…
1:00

Tom Copsey: I got the walls right and everything!
1:08

Mike Brindley: Scotty James will be first to drop in heat 2
1:10

Sam Oetiker: Should be getting going any time now!
1:11
Comment From Nik
even more delay?

Mike Brindley: Looks like Scottys dropping now
1:12

Tom Copsey: Mark Sollors is Scotty’s coach? #kidding
1:12

Sam Oetiker: Scotty’s first run: double cripler, back 9, front 10 tail, cab dub 10, alley oop rodeo 7 but all quite low
1:13

Sam Oetiker: Good to get a clean run on the board. But it wasn’t heaps good…

Mike Brindley: lolz
1:13

Tom Copsey: Yeah, decent enough tricks but just not big enough. He’s giving it some chat to the camera tho
1:13

Yalda Walter: scotty’s score: 68.50. i didn’t understand a single word he was saying, god..
1:15

Sam Oetiker: Ayumu Nedefuji run 1: sick frontside alley oop, front 10, cab 7, front 9 massive, back 5 and he just loses it there…
1:15

Tom Copsey: From the first 2 dudes’ runs it looks like the pipe is running even slower than in heat 1. Or certainly harder to keep the speed consistent
1:15

Yalda Walter: second ayumu of the day: nedefuji edition. score: 54.50 (ayumu number one got to drop in second too btw)
1:16
Mike Weyerhaeuser

Now that they sprayed the #halfpipe with chemicals, we’ll just call it the #hosepipe
1:16

Yalda Walter: jan scherrer got his drivers licence last year. also, he got an audi. i don’t even own a proper bike
1:16

Sam Oetiker: Jan Scherrer is up! His first run: backside air, front 7, cab 10, front 9, back 5, front double crippler to layback wheelie!
1:17
Comment From Nik
NOO! why did Jan bail? love his unterpants!

Tom Copsey: Okeeeeee….

Tom Copsey: Are they like special Swiss Superman Y-fronts?
1:17

i think i’m in love
1:18

Yalda Walter: scherrers score: 43.50, i’ll give him 10 extra points for the panties
1:18

Yalda Walter: taylor gold dropping in
1:19

Yalda Walter: his sister arielle (my favourite disney movie) is doing hp girls. i guess you got a proper snowboarder mom right there..

Mike Brindley: “No dinner till you land a double”
1:19

Sam Oetiker: Taylor Gold is up and his first run goes a little something like: Big back 5, front 9, double back rodeo, front double 10, cab 10, front 10!
1:19

Tom Copsey: He was riding super good in the pre-Games qualifiers too and looks to be doing the same here
1:20

Yalda Walter: taylor gold’s score: 81.50
1:20

Sam Oetiker: Guess who’s up next folks…
1:20

Yalda Walter: ELEGANT SELFIE TIME!
1:20
Comment From Kalin
OOOOOOOOOO MAN
1:20

Tom Copsey: Shhh… you know who
1:21
Comment From @AnsisEgle
Nobody should tell his name, huh?

Tom Copsey: Was an old ad for Schwepps in Britain. Sorry
1:21

fucking MASSIVE
1:21

Sam Oetiker: Shaun’s first run: huge backside air, front double 10, cab double 10, front 5 stale, back 9, alley oop rodeo 5!
1:21
Comment From Nik
i guess you can go BIG in this pipe
1:22

Yalda Walter: i miss the studded pants
1:22

Yalda Walter: jean blanc’s points: 95.75
1:22

Tom Copsey: 22 foot on that backside air. Warm up run for Shaun
1:22
Comment From mel simmons
pop quiz: ayumu&shaun – what do they have that none of the others do?? (hint: it’s a question of amplitude)…
1:22
Comment From Leslie
95.75 for Shaun!
1:22
Comment From Kalin
SHAUN OWNS EM ALLLL FUCK YES
1:22

Sam Oetiker: Another heavy hitter up next! I-Pod…
1:23

Yalda Walter: come on iouri man……
1:23

Sam Oetiker: Iouri’s first run: backside air, front 5 but he got eaten up in the flat bottom!
1:23

Tom Copsey: Bummed by the pipe trannie

Tom Copsey: Both literally and figuratively
1:24

Yalda Walter: saying PODLADTCHIKOV out loud reminds me of sneezing, i love sneezing. it’s so liberating
1:24

Sam Oetiker: That is a rather disturbing visual Tom…
1:24

Yalda Walter: ipod 15.00 :(
1:24

Yalda Walter: insert obvious ipod jokes here
1:24

Sam Oetiker: Reboot the I-Pod!

Yalda Walter: that deserves a high5
1:24

Mike Brindley: It’s alright he’ll come back with an upgrade on his second run
1:25

Sam Oetiker: Yiwei Zhang’s first run: backside air, front dub 10, cab dub 10, front double crippler, barrel roll, front 10
1:25

Tom Copsey: Not too shabby, Mr Zhang. Or is it Mr Yiwei?
1:25

Yalda Walter: zhang: fucking 90.00
1:26

Sam Oetiker: Slots in behind Shaun
1:26

Sam Oetiker: figuratively of course
1:26

Tom Copsey: News in from Finland – Peetu Piiroinen’s pulled out. His ribs are ‘still fucked’

Yalda Walter: aw man i had fun facts about him.
1:27

Sam Oetiker: Taku Hiraoka’s first run: frontside tailpoke thingy, front 9, back 9, front 10, cab 10, front double 10
1:27

Yalda Walter: peetu’s pulled out of the comp but i’ll post fun facts about him anyways: ttr tells us that he’s a very calm guy and likes to play golf and tennis
1:28

Yalda Walter: 92.25 for hiraoka, damnit
1:28

Sam Oetiker: A big score for Taku, HE slots in behind Shaun
1:28
Comment From @AnsisEgle
Sloths or slots behind him whose name we cannot whisper ;) ?
1:28
Comment From Guest
Pretty cool to see countries like China, Ireland, Japan, and others stepping up on the scoreboard. Despite all the controversy surrounding this year’s event, this is making for a pretty interesting competition.
1:28

Yalda Walter: nathan johnston likes fishing, that’s all i know about him
1:29

Sam Oetiker: Nathan Johnstone’s first run: backside air, front double 10, cab 10, front 9, back 9
1:30

Yalda Walter: johnstone with an: 86.00
1:30

Yalda Walter: Crispin LIPSCOMB is the oldest competitor at 34 years old
1:30

Yalda Walter: also, i really like his first name. crispy crispin, not too old for the olympics yet
1:31

Sam Oetiker: Crispin Lipscomb is up. His first run is: backside air, front 10 sketched… he’ll be looking to step it up on the second run
1:31

Tom Copsey: Frontside airing into the pipe was a nice touch.
1:32

Sam Oetiker: Did I just hear Chewbacca sounds? Or was that just me?
1:32

Yalda Walter: and that’s a crispy 29.25 and a 9th place for crispin
1:33

Mike Brindley: Does anyone reckon Shaun will do what Jamie Anderson did – and only put down one qualifying run?
1:34

Sam Oetiker: Ho-Jun Kim dropping! His first run: front 10 tail, front 7, cab 9, sw back5 double crippler, backside 7, but my trick caller may have stuffed that one up a bit…
1:34

Yalda Walter: ho-jun 61.75 , seventh place
1:35

Yalda Walter: TTR facts about kent callister’s height: TALL!
1:35

Mike Brindley: hell of a tweak on that method..
1:35

Sam Oetiker: Kent Callister’s first run: big tweaked backside air, front 10, cab double 10, front 5 crippler, back 9
1:36

going BIG
1:36

Tom Copsey: Nice run fella

Sam Oetiker: Heeaaaps good!
1:37

Yalda Walter: kent callister’s score: 87.00, fourth place
1:37

Yalda Walter: brad martin’s wikipedia article is three times longer than terje’s, his mom probably wrote it..
1:38

Sam Oetiker: Brad Martin’s first run: backside air, front 12 squirrely, back 5, front 10, cab something to deck! Ooof….
1:39

Sam Oetiker: 31.25 and 11th place for Brad
1:39
Ryan@RyanJDoomLeave the halfpipe and slopestyle sports to the X Games. I don’t really need stoked stoners representing my country in the Olympics.

Mike Brindley: Controvercial…
1:40

Sam Oetiker: Jan Kralj’s first run: front 9, backside 5, front 7, cab 7, front 5…
1:40
Comment From Konrad
WTF french TV shows cross country now!! can’t be true!!

Tom Copsey: Putain!
1:41

Sam Oetiker: 59.75 for Jan there
1:41

Yalda Walter: i was out of the game for a minute there, fuck wifi. but! don’t worry people. I AM BACK
1:41
Comment From @AnsisEgle
That stoning is 20 years old paradigm. It’s changed. Todd Richard’s 3P: Parks, Pipe, Powder explains a lot, though.
1:42

Yalda Walter: ikka’s zodiac is gemini and the pattern of his pants remind me of lsd
1:42
Comment From kap
maybe better cross country than this stuff :-(
1:42

Sam Oetiker: Iikka-Eemeli Laari’s first run: backside air, front 10, haakon flip, crippler, back 5, alley oop tail grab, slash… definitely lacking some amplitude on that one
1:43

Tom Copsey: Looked like he had the handbrake on…
1:43

Sam Oetiker: Is he doing the awkward turtle??
1:43

Yalda Walter: 49.00 for laari
1:43

Yalda Walter: LAARI DID THE AWKWARD TURTLE AND I COULDN’T GET A SCREEN GRAB OF IT WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS WORLD UGH
1:44

Sam Oetiker: Michal Ligocki is up! Frontside air to coping bounce!

1:44

Sam Oetiker: He’s still intact though
1:45

Yalda Walter: ligocki’s birthday is on halloween which must suck, because everybody always has plans for that night already…
1:45

Mike Brindley: Nice little note on the nose of his board there…
1:45

Yalda Walter: his snowboard says “I LOVE GOLF!” ,way to go gilocki!
1:46

Yalda Walter: gilockis score: 4.5
1:46

Sam Oetiker: Johannes Hoepfl of Germany dropping in! backside air, front 10, haakon flip, front 9, back 5, front 7 and he’s stoked!
1:47

Sam Oetiker: Ooh Danny Davis is up!
1:47

Mike Brindley: Stoooked
1:47

Tom Copsey: Small, though. I’m not so höpful for him. *grabs coat*
1:47

Yalda Walter: hoepfl: 61.25
1:47
Comment From xyz
Go danny!
1:47

Sam Oetiker: Switch method?
1:47

Yalda Walter: DANNY-CRAZY-BEARD IS UP
1:47

Tom Copsey: BITTE
1:47
Comment From Daveed
Lets see it danny
1:47

Tom Copsey: Save snowboarding
1:48
Comment From xyz
Best Run!! big style DAnny!!
1:48
Comment From Daveed
Sick run by davis
1:48

Yalda Walter: goddamnit he’s going massive
1:48

Sam Oetiker: Danny’s first run: back 3, big switch method!, cab 10, front dub crippler, mctwist, front 7, switch alley oop rodeo
1:48

Sam Oetiker: Yes Danny!
1:49

Tom Copsey: Thanks Danny!
1:49

Mike Brindley: Amazing…
1:49
Comment From Joe
Go Danny!
1:49

Sam Oetiker: Danny Davis beat Shaun in the US Grand Prix before the last Olympics but broke his back shortly after. Stoked to see him in the Olympics and throwing down here.
1:50
Comment From Daveed
He cant wait for his score
1:50

Yalda Walter: danny and his beautiful facial hair score 92, third place
1:50

Sam Oetiker: Get in Mr. Davis
1:50
Comment From Daveed
92 daaanm
1:51

Yalda Walter: markus He likes the Lord of the Rings movies
1:51

Yalda Walter: so if you ever come across markus and need small talk material, go with orks and dwarfs.
1:51

Sam Oetiker: Markus Malin is up next! His first run: backside air big, front double 10, and Tom has lost it!! But so did he… goes down
1:52
Comment From Youri
Dang, Nagano still look bumpy hey!
1:52

Yalda Walter: 33.50 for markus
1:52
toddrichards@btoddrichards@theDDeadshow puts down a solid one. Incredible considering how hard it is to ride this flat bottom switch backside.
1:52

Tom Copsey: Wot Todd said ^^^
1:53

Sam Oetiker: Current standings after first runs: Shaun, Taku, Danny
1:54

Sam Oetiker: I want to see Shaun step up his run. Or… just do massive straight airs all the way down
1:55

Sam Oetiker: Second runs are up!
1:56

1:56

1:56

Sam Oetiker: Scotty James from ‘Straya!
1:56

Yalda Walter: scotty james like to listen to van morrison
1:56

Sam Oetiker: and play with koalas
1:57

Sam Oetiker: (actually I made that one up)
1:57
Comment From jack reeves
thoughts after the first round?
1:57

Sam Oetiker: Front double crippler but washes out!
1:57
Comment From jack reeves
@yalda – who doesnt!
1:57

Mike Brindley: Presumably that’s just a standard saturday night for him then – koalas and van the man…
1:58

Sam Oetiker: He needs to go jump in the billabong to clear his head before semis (if he makes it – he’s currently 8th)
1:58

Yalda Walter: scotty james, 15.00
1:58

Sam Oetiker: It’s the other Ayumu!
1:58

not feelin the 15 points
1:59

Sam Oetiker: front alley oop, front 10, cab 7, front 9, and he’s down! That bumpy flat bottom is eating some of these dudes for brekkie
2:00

Yalda Walter: ayumu #2: 28.75
2:00

Yalda Walter: the 19-year old audi driver scherrer up next. hey jan, wanna take me for a ride sometime? i hate my bike..
2:00
Slava

Работаю изо всех сил #Olympicgames #snowboarding #sochi2014 #job #halfpipe

Mike Brindley: There’s your awkward turtle Yalda

Yalda Walter: YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2:01

Sam Oetiker: Jan Scherrer is up! His 2nd run goes a little something like: backside air, front 7, cab 10, frontside 9, back 5, front double crippler stomped!
2:02

Yalda Walter: scherrer: 69.75, 8th place. 1st place when it comes to underwear
2:03

Sam Oetiker: Taylor Gold run 2: back 5, front 9, double michaelchuck, front dub 10, cab 10, front 10!
2:03

Yalda Walter: impressive run
2:03

Sam Oetiker: A hammer run there from Gold
2:03

Tom Copsey: Sick run, but unless he can figure out a way to go bigger he won’t be bothering the podium when it gets to business time
2:04
irishbarish

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