Welcome to our live coverage of the Sochi 2014 women’s halfpipe semi-finals! 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 16.00 CET.
Here’s how competitors can qualify for halfpipe finals:
- This morning all of the female snowboarders were randomly divided into two heats.
- In each heat, the top 3 riders progressed straight to finals later today. They were: Kelly Clark, Queralt Castellet and Sophie Rodriguez from heat one and Torah Bright, Hannah Teter and Xuetong Kai in heat 2.
- The next 6 highest scoring riders from each heat will now battle it out in the semi finals, with the top 6 from that joining the automatic qualifiers in a 12 woman final.
Get involved with our live blog below by leaving a comment or hitting us up on twitter @onboardmag.
Tom Copsey: Oh hi there. Welcome to our live coverage of the Women's halfpipe semi Finals in Sochi, where hopefully it's cooled down a bit now as it was +9 degrees pipeside in the qualifiers and mega slushy
Sam Oetiker: Yeah, the pipe was running super slow for the ladies this morning
Sam Oetiker: Let's hope it's firmed up a bit!
Sam Oetiker: Katie Tsuyuki is up first: Not a bad run but she's going to have to go bigger to post a decent score on the board
Yalda Walter: apparently the german streaming website switched up the audio, so we're hearing very very weird numbers called out by some random dude. alines taking over i think
Comment From joe
Can you tell me how was it for Morena Makar?
Sam Oetiker: Morena will be dropping last in the semi finals today
Yalda Walter: 55.50 for katie
Yalda Walter: feathergirl
Sam Oetiker: The token Aussie is up next ;)
Yalda Walter: also the smallest competitor at 1.50m
Sam Oetiker: Steph Magiros just taking a tumble on her final hit there
Yalda Walter: stephanie feather scores 26.50
Yalda Walter: sarrrrrka
Mike Brindley: Is Sarka wearing goggles with no lenses?
Yalda Walter: fuck lenses
Yalda Walter: SARKA DON'T NEED NO FRICKING LENSES TO BE AWESOME
Tom Copsey: We have tinnitis for audio on the German stream. It is an improvement on the German bloke's talking
Comment From Guest
how did Morena Makar end up?
Sam Oetiker: She's coming up at the end of the semi finals!
Sam Oetiker: Sarka's first run frontside air, back 5, front 5, backside air, but goes down on a front 7
toddrichards@btoddrichardsThe women are getting set and prepped for a showdown in the pipe. I hope to see some elegant selfies tonight from behind the scenes.
Yalda Walter: sarkanolense, 34.00
Sam Oetiker: Clemence Grimal, oui oui madame
Sam Oetiker: frontside air, backside 5 and she's down!
Sam Oetiker: Putain!
Tom Copsey: Non, non madame. Desolé
Yalda Walter: 14.00 for grimal
Yalda Walter: oh yes duck
Sam Oetiker: Man we need some duck jokes here to quack me up
Yalda Walter: alexandra duckworth's hobbies are pool parties and playing the ukulele
Sam Oetiker: Alexandra's first run: crippler, alley oop, window winder, back 5, front 5 to ass
Sam Oetiker: What time does a duck wake up?
Sam Oetiker: At the quack of dawn
Yalda Walter: hi5 for that
Yalda Walter: massive hi5
Tom Copsey: 13.5 points / 100 for sam
Yalda Walter: thats harsh..
Yalda Walter: alex 32.50
Comment From joe
Sam Oetiker: Rana Okada up next: big backside air but scuffs her next hit!
Sam Oetiker: come on now ladies
Yalda Walter: rana okada: 58.50, first place......
Tom Copsey: Everyone has fallen so far, right?
Yalda Walter: brighten up our day sun
Tom Copsey: Another one bites the dust. Sun was going strong there but washed out of her front 7...
Yalda Walter: 35.75 for sun
Yalda Walter: mirabelle thovex up next
Yalda Walter: commentator only talking about mirabelles brother, apparently he's awesome at basically everything
Sam Oetiker: frontside tail, back 5, front 5, backside air, front 7, cab 3, frontside air. She landed a run!
Like a #Seagull in the air, so is #BabySteve as he #flies out of the #Halfpipe in the #2014 #Olympic #Games in #Sochi, #Russia! BabySteve is #Stoked as he #competes in the #SnowBoarding #Compatition! BabySteve is #UnderTheFly as he #performs the #Crippler and the Wildcat, #transforming into the #Doublechuk and #BacksideRodeoFlip! You'll be #amazed when you see BabySteve reach for the #Gold! Just #scream #HuckIt! But not to the #BBC!
Mike Brindley: uuummm.. confused...
Comment From Cyril
You don't know Candide Thovex?
Yalda Walter: now i do. skiing everything
Tom Copsey: First girl to get through the demi-tube without a fall
Yalda Walter: 70.75 for mirabelle
Yalda Walter: ursinas flea market hat, come on gurrrl
Comment From Cyril
yeaaaah go Mirabelle
Sam Oetiker: Ursina's first run: big frontside air, back 5, big front 5, backside air, front 7 tail, cab 3,
Tom Copsey: Pulled the parachute on the last hit and got out early. Bit like IPod last night
Sam Oetiker: 74.50 and first place for miss Haller
Tom Copsey: Thought sacking off the last hit coulda been a smart move
Tom Copsey: you lose points, but not as much as if you stack it
Sam Oetiker: Jiayu Liu is up! Backside air, front 5, back 5, front 7, cab 3, stalefish
Sam Oetiker: Not a bad run there from Liu
Yalda Walter: jiayu liu's score 81.25, taking first place
Mike Brindley: Haha out on the world wide web #colderthansochi is currently trending..
Tom Copsey: That Swoosh flashing is getting a bit much from the Chinese girls
Mike Brindley: Av a word Tom
Sam Oetiker: Shuang Li's first run: frontside air, backside air, front 5, back 5, front 7, cab 3, front 3
Sam Oetiker: Oh, and the obligatory Nike flash of course
Yalda Walter: who is she sponsored by?
Yalda Walter: i didn't get that
Yalda Walter: 80.00 for shuang, 2nd place
Mike Brindley: Maybe the Chinese have just really got into their Greek gods and are a bit confused?
Yalda Walter: so when katie first started going on snowboard trips, they cost a lot of money. so everytime she went on a trip, her dad sold a cow. they don't have any cows left
Sam Oetiker: Kaitlyn Farrington's first run: front 1 drop in, switch back 5, cab 7, alley oop back 5, back 5, straight air, back 9.
Sam Oetiker: Holy tech!
Yalda Walter: first place for kaitlyn! 87.5
Tom Copsey: Farrington teching up like a proper boss. Sam proper fancies her
Yalda Walter: probably won't need to sell their cows in the future
Yalda Walter: rainbow parade couldn't quite hold it together
Yalda Walter: lying all over the place in the pipe
Jonathan Weaver@Jonathan_WeaverOne of the pipe slippers falls over in the pipe whilst side slipping. They must have the professionals in tonight. #halfpipe
Tom Copsey: Ski sideslip guy falls over. Epic fail
Tom Copsey: Currently performing the solo sideslip of shame
Mike Brindley: Katie Tsuyuki getting ready to drop....
Yalda Walter: katie's motto is “i love winning. i can take losing. most of all i love to play" - Boris Becker. fis official website has got so many interesting facts in store
Sam Oetiker: Katie's second run: backside air, Kinger flip, back 5, frontside air, backside air, front 5, cab 3, handplant
Yalda Walter: 56.22 for katie
Mike Brindley: Throwing in a stiffy and a handplant into that run - getting old school..
Yalda Walter: feather girl's motto is no pain, no gain
Sam Oetiker: Stephanie Magiros 2nd run: michaelchuck, frontside nosegrab, back 5, front 3, cab something to OOOOF
Tom Copsey: Quite the plumage, mind you
Yalda Walter: sharrrrka
Yalda Walter: still doesn't need lenses
Sam Oetiker: Sarka not quite able to hold onto her run there
Yalda Walter: 31.50 for sarka, she's out
Sam Oetiker: Clemence Grimal's 2nd run: front stale, back 5, front 5, method but goes down on a big invert.
Yalda Walter: grimal is out too, 38.25, 8th place
Yalda Walter: alexandra duckworth droppinnnn
Sam Oetiker: Q: What's a Duckworth?
A: I don't know, what does a Henweigh?
Mike Brindley: Female coincoin is up next
Tom Copsey: She'll be hoping to be worth her weight in gold
Yalda Walter: alexandra's broken ankle has a blog called myhotdogblog, the name comes from her opening a hot dog stand in her driveway
Sam Oetiker: cool story bro
Sam Oetiker: crippler, and then a whole load of staright hers. Bit of a mare for duckworth there
Yalda Walter: so close
Jonathan Weaver@Jonathan_WeaverFrench team with two coaches in ski boots at a snowboard Olympic pipe event. @fluofun #Sochi2014
Yalda Walter: 25.75 for the contestant with the best name ever. duckworth
Sam Oetiker: Rana Okada dropping next: backside air, frontside air, big back 5, front 5, cab 7
Yalda Walter: rana okada, 70.00, 6th place
Tom Copsey: Claiming that, is ol' Rana
Mike Brindley: Is this Duckworth's dad at 0.35?!!!
Mike Brindley: In a polar bear hat nonetheless
Sam Oetiker: Zhifeng Sun backside air, front 5, back 5, front 7 but catches the lip
Yalda Walter: sun: 35.75 same score as run1. CARAZAY
Sam Oetiker: Mirabelle Thovex frontside air, back 5, front 5, backside air, front 7, half cab nosebonk rewind stack
Tom Copsey: Yes, you read that right
Yalda Walter: 38.75 for mirabelle, staying in 5th
Yalda Walter: ursi
Sam Oetiker: Ursina Haller dropping! lien, back 5, front 5, backside air, front 7 but goes down!
Sam Oetiker: She has not had a good time on this pipe today
Yalda Walter: 43.00 für ursina, stays in fourth and will show off her skills in the finals
Tom Copsey: Ain't got nutting but love tho.
Yalda Walter: liu aka the rolling kid is on
Sam Oetiker: Jiayu Liu's 2nd run: backside air, massive frontside....and she's down
Tom Copsey: These Chinese girls riding is so similar. Any truth to the rumour the State yanked them our of Gymnastics academy and coached the hell out of them to perform in pipe?
Yalda Walter: liu's score at 29.00
Sam Oetiker: Shuang Li's 2nd run: frontside air, backside air, front 9 to wobble, front 7, cab 3, front 3
Sam Oetiker: They may not be putting the cleanest runs down top to bottom, but these chinese girls have been going pretty damn big today
Sam Oetiker: it has to be said
Yalda Walter: 56.75 for li shuang, third place
Sam Oetiker: Kaitlyn Farrington. front 1 in, switch back 7, back 5, front 9 but sits down...
Sam Oetiker: Looks like Kaitlyn means business though
Yalda Walter: 53.25 for kaitlyn, let's see what she has in store for us in the finals
Tom Copsey: Damn, the girl has some dance moves
Sam Oetiker: Throwing shapes!
Tom Copsey: Sam's tongue's lolling
Mike Brindley: Don't lie Tom - we've all seen you bust out the sprinkler at the club..
Sam Oetiker: And that's it that's all for semis
Sam Oetiker: Join us again for the big one kicking off in an hour and a bit's time at 18.25 CET