That's all folks. Freeskiing's appearance at the PyeongChang 2018 ended with today's halfpipe contest and it was an insane contest to end the big show. Earlier in the week, the men had some difficulty with a touch of oververt on the looker's right wall of the pipe, but today things were looking better and almost everyone made it work. Like in the women's halfpipe event earlier this week, there was one clear favorite to win men's halfpipe today. Before we kicked off, you had to say that if David Wise could lay down his run with all 4 directions of doubles + an on axis 10 he was untouchable. Men's halfpipe is always a challenge of who can put their best run down on the day, more so than any other event because you kind of know who has the best potential runs, and so it proved today. For the 2018 Olympics, several guys brought new tricks out of the woodwork as all 12 put everything on the line to try and take the Gold.
Olympic halfpipe is insanely gnarly and we saw some big crashes today. Byron Wells got hurt in practice and spent pipe finals in hospital, Thomas Krief crashed on his first run and couldn't take his second two. Kevin Rolland, could barely walk at the beginning of the event and took a heavy slam to the deck. He did ski out though after an injury break though. Heal up soon to all those guys.
After all was said and done, there was one surprise medalist in this Olympic halfpipe contest, but the rest of the results went in the bookies' favor. David Wise cashed in for his second Olympic halfpipe gold medal. After boosting to the moon to try to get past wise, Alex Ferreira had to settle for the silver medal. The night's big surprise came in the for of 16 year old New Zealander Nico Porteous claiming the Olympic halfpipe bronze medal, New Zealand's first in 26 years.
2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Mens Ski Halfpipe Results and Recap
- Nico Porteous: Left 10 double seatbelt japan, switch 9 mute, switch dub 10 safety, right dub 12 safety, left dub 12 safety, alleyoop dub 9 japan. 82.4.
- Noah Bowman: Right 3 stale, switch left dub 12 safety, switch left alleyoop dub 9 safety, switch dub 10 japan, right 10 blunt. Good amplitude on the most beautiful run in pipe skiing. 89.4.
- David Wise: Switch right dub 10 japan, left dub 12 mute, right 10 blunt but no! His binding fails. Time for Dave to just screw his boots to his skis.
- Riddle: Dub 12, flat 3 japan, switch flat 7, right dub 12, left dub flat 9. His stock run. 85.4.
- Beau-James Wells: Switch left 7 blunt, right dub 12 safety, left dub flair blunt, right dub flair safety, left dub 12 mute. Went big, great grabs. 87.4.
- Alex Ferreira: Right dub 12 mute, left down pipe dub flat 10 safety, switch right cork 7 , left dub 12 mute, right downpipe dub flat 9 japan. Stomped, pole whipped... 92.6.
- Aaron Blunck: Right 7 capped tail, switch left alleyoop dub 9, switch right dub 10, left dub 12, right dub 12. That's all 4 dubs from the second rider ever but it wasn't that clean. 81.4.
- Nico Porteous: Dub 14 tail/toxic, switch right 9 mute, switch left dub 10 safety, dub 12 safety, left dub 12 safety, left dub alleyoop 9 japan. 94.8. What a crazy run, Nico's mind was clearly blown that he put it down.
- Torin: HUGE right dub 12 mute, left 10 tail, Switch right dub 10 safety, right alleyoop dub 9 japan, down pipe dub 9 japan but runs out of pipe and lands on deck. So close.
- Alex Ferreira: Right dub 12 mute, left down pipe dub 10 safety, switch right dub 10 japan, left dub 12 mute, right downpipe dub flat 9 japan. 96.0. Massive run, stomped.
- Nico Porteous: 26 years since the last Olympic medalist from New Zealand, 16 year old Nico Porteous swerved his final run down the pipe without leaving the ground. He had no more to give.
- David Wise: STOMP. Switch right dub 10 japan, right 10 blunt, switch left dub 10 japan, left dub 12 mute. Insane run. 97.20.
- Kevin Rolland: Devastating crash. He could barely walk before this started and he went down hard on the deck today.
- Beau-James Wells: Switch left dub 10 safety, right dub 12 safety, left dub flair blunt, right dub flair safety, left dub 12 mute. Went bigger than Nico, perhaps not as tech... 91.6.
- Torin: Another big slam on the deck but looked to be ok except winded. Gutted for him though.
- Alex Ferreira: Right dub 12 mute, left down pipe dub 10 safety, switch right dub 10 japan, left dub 12 mute, right downpipe dub flat 9 japan. Went even bigger than before, stomped again... 96.4.
- Aaron Blunck: Right 7 capped tail, switch left alleyoop dub 9, switch right dub 10, left dub 12, right dub 12. That's all 4 dubs and it was cleaner than before but there was a slight bobble on the switch dub though and that killed his score.
2018 Olympic Men's Ski Halfpipe Medalists
Gold Medal: David Wise - Winning Run
Silver Medal: Alex Ferreira
Bronze Medal: Nico Porteous
4. Beau James Wells
5. Noah Bowman
6. Mike Riddle
7. Aaron Blunck
8. Andreas Gohl
9. Torin Yater-Wallace
10. Thomas Krief
11. Kevin Rolland