The men’s halfpipe finals had more suspense and drama than that Restaurant scene in The Godfather.
The halfpipe was in awful condition owing to the warm weather in Sochi and every single rider was forced to adapt.
Shaun White stacked his first run, 15 year old Ayumu Hirano went enormous, Iouri Podladtchikov bossed his second run with his very own Yolo flip to take the lead, and Shaun White couldn’t stick his second run, finishing up in 4th place.
As Shaun White’s contest to lose, it was the result that literally nobody expected, and we have to wonder how much the state of the halfpipe came into play. But ultimately on the day, Iouri got the better of the pipe and Shaun couldn’t live up to the enormous pressure on his shoulders.
What we witnessed, in our eyes anyway, was the beginning of a changing of the guard – with little riders like Ayumu Hirano cementing the fact that he will be a BIG part of the future of halfpipe riding. We can only speculate where Shaun will go from here.
Once again, Todd Richards spoke truth:
All of these men pushed hard in less than ideal conditions. So admirable
— toddrichards (@btoddrichards) February 11, 2014