The highly anticipated men’s halfpipe finals at the 2014 Winter Olympics took place on Tuesday afternoon, with all eyes on United States star and clear gold medal favorite Shaun White. After receiving the highest score of all qualifiers, White was sent straight to the finals and poised to bring home another gold medal.
White struggled on his first finals run scoring a 35 and landing in 11th place out of 12 competitors. Japan’s Ayumu Hirano had the lead entering the final drop into the halfpipe, but could the 15 year old hold on and pull off the upset?
In the second run, Iouri Podladtchikov of Switzerland had something to say about that by throwing down an incredible 94.75 to vault to the top of the leader board. Hirano scored a 93.50 on his second run to guarantee a medal, which left everything coming down to the final run from White.
White’s final run was underwhelming and a clipping the top of the halfpipe cost White some points as he got a disappointing 90.25 and failed to medal with a fourth place finish.
Podladtchikov took home gold, Hirano scored the silver and fellow Japanese rider Taku Hiraoka finished with the bronze.
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