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they realized that with only quali and finals the riders who didn't qualify would be already out before the olympics started. so they changed format, so every rider that did NOT make top4 in his heat today gets another chance in semifinal...the top 4 from there advance to the final aswell, so we have a 12 man final.
Oh, and I didn't watch it so I can't speak to the judging, but just from that, his rails were pretty mediocre. If in fact the judges consistently took that portion of the course into account and docked people who mailed in the rails, I'm not at all opposed to that; in fact I'd much prefer it. You should never be able to win a slope contest just by murdering the jump section.
watching the coverage of the qualis here in Canada, it really shows how badly the media needs a pre-determined narrative to stick to. they've already decided that McMorris is the Canadian to watch, so most of the headlines are about him losing rather than Parrot and Toutant winning.
Gonna try to stay up tonight and watch this shit live. I hope the wait between semis and finals isn't too long. Maybe go for a beer at the bar between - it is a Friday night after all. Sage and mark better not get fucked again. *shakes fist*