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White wins 3rd Gold. Internet erupts. Surprised? Really?

PyeongChang 2018

Olympic news: Shaun White nails 3rd Halfpipe Gold ahead of Hirano and James

Shaun White nailed this morning’s Olympic Halfpipe event, winning his third Gold (and America’s symbolic 100th) with an epic third run which will be long in the memory. He left his best til last, scoring 97.75 against Ayumu Hirano’s 95.25 and Scotty James’ 92.00. He’s 31 years old and it’s unlikely we’ll ever see his like again. He’s built a legacy of domination that is impossible to dispute – and one that will surely be similarly impossible to equal. Snowboarding’s posterboy delivered last night on the biggest stage, under the biggest pressure. These are indisputable facts.

It was a deserved win, no matter what you may read in Facebook comments etc. His run was bigger, better, higher and in more technical order than anyone else’s. What other criteria do we need to pick a winner? Watch the footage yourself and make your own mind up. At the last minute, White pulled tricks out of the bag he’d only been rumoured as being capable of doing. To step up under that pressure, with that run, was the mark of deserved champion.

Hirano was deflated – understandably so as he stood in first place going into round 3, having put down an epic 2nd run. In the end, he’d have to settle for his second Olympic Silver ahead of Scotty James in Bronze. On another day, Hirano’s run would have easily earned Gold. But that day would have been minus one Shaun White on the kind of form he showed last night.

But enough already. Here’s the results (listed runs 1, 2, 3 and final score):

USA
Shaun WHITE
94.25 55.00 97.75 97.75

JPN
Ayumu HIRANO
35.25 95.25 43.25 95.25

AUS
Scotty JAMES
92.00 81.75 40.25 92.00

USA
Ben FERGUSON
43.00 83.50 90.75 90.75

SUI
Patrick BURGENER
84.00 51.00 89.75 89.75

USA
Chase JOSEY
87.75 52.25 88.00 88.00

JPN
Raibu KATAYAMA
85.75 25.00 87.00 87.00

USA
Jake PATES
47.00 82.25 27.00 82.25

SUI
Jan SCHERRER
31.25 80.50 70.75 80.50

AUS
Kent CALLISTER
20.00 62.00 56.75 62.00

JPN
Yuto TOTSUKA
39.25 7.00 DNS 39.25

FIN
Peetu PIIROINEN
4.50 12.75 13.50 13.50

 

The problem with White

I started writing this last night then realised it was half four in the morning (CET) and figured anyone awake at that time would have likely just watched it too – so why bother writing about something that people had literally just seen. Decision made – leave it til morning when the head would be clearer and the sense of what I’d just watched had sunk in.

Now, 4 hours later, I’m thinking that wasn’t the reason at all. I’m thinking it was pure deflection on my part. Truth is, it’s hard to write about Shaun White at the best of times – never mind when he’s just won top-spot in snowboarding’s most visible competition, in front of a global audience of millions. This is Shaun White – a man that splits communities better than the Berlin Wall ever could. He isn’t just a “Marmite” thing – White inspires or annoys, in equal measure, depending on your particular leaning. As the internet comments today prove, there’s very little fence-sitting when it comes to Shaun White.

So, here’s the simple facts, otherwise I’m going to end up living in this chair, writing and re-writing this ad nauseum:

  • Like him or loathe him, history was made last night. We’ll start with an easy one. History is made every second of every day. It’s gone, it’s past, it’s history. How’s that for a non-committal . . .
  • Shaun White scored a 97.75 in his third and final run beating Hirano’s 95.25 and James’ 92.00.
  • His win seals the US’ complete domination of Freestyle snowboarding at this Olympics.
  • Like him or loathe him, he’s one of the most talented, winningest riders of a generation
  • Again – like him or loathe him – White is a global mega-brand and, for many people, he’s synonymous with the sport. There will be kids the world over that first saw snowboarding – first got interested in snowboarding – and first tried snowboarding – as a direct result of watching Shawn White. Adverts don’t come much better.

Shaun White was under it last night – make no mistake about that. After celebrating his first run like it was a medal-winner in itself, he almost set himself up for a fail. It was a display that pretty much embodied everything that every detractor would say is wrong with White. Yes, he was hyped but to fling your helmet into the crowd by way of victory salute after run 1 of 3? It kind of showed the arrogance and ruthless competitiveness he’s slated for. Many will say it was just because he was pumped to win. But this, in itself, is another key polarising issue with White and the fact the internet is alight today with debates over the validity of his win.

On the one hand, White is focussed, driven to succeed, dedicated, professional, beyond talented and one of the best proponents we have for the sport on the global stage.

On the other, he’s arrogant, ruthless, more interested in winning than anything else, an out-and-out competition rider, in it just for the money and a spoilt-ass rich kid who takes off to his own Bond villain training facilities. I mean who else would have had their own secret training facility built on a private mountain to the exclusion of everyone else? The film, the Crash Reel, did little to promote Shaun White as an all-round nice guy – but there’s been countless other examples over the years. It’s ironic really when you think back to the very early video parts of a little freckle-faced ginger kid riding harder than most adults, to the adulation of his peers, discovered by Tony Hawk when he was just 7. Over the years, he appeared to become a master of his own bad PR – something he seems desperate to change as he gets older.

So here the Yin/Yang debate rolls on with White. The man we saw last night looked truly worried – even humbled at times. He interacted more with the crowd, reaching out for their support in a way we’ve not seen in the past. For the first time in what seems like forever, there would be no victory lap with a best-for-last, rabbit-out-of-the-hat showcase proving what he might have pulled. For once, White had to throw down his very best tricks in the live comp to take the win. This was a guy at the edge of what’s possible in his riding – in fact, at the edge of what’s currently possible in pipe riding right now.

At 31, White is double the age of the talented, relentless, young whippersnappers coming through the ranks these days. 31 is old in most sports – but even more so when that sport involves flinging yourself 5.5m above a 7m chasm. Youngsters take note – it’s a sad truth but the older you get, the more this stuff hurts and the more the mental “what-ifs” enter your brain. You’ll realise this one day – just like the rest of us.

White had already injured himself twice in the lead-up to these Games – once with a serious fall that required 63 stitches to put his face back together. It’s inevitable these things sat in his brain as he lined up to drop in. Or maybe it’s not. Maybe that’s just one facet of what singles out a Champion. Either way, he came into this event with something to prove. In the words of one NBC commentator following qualifying, “White is on a mission.”

The debate will rage for days about his win but for all his detractors, it’s worth remembering a simple truth – Shaun White has done a lot for snowboarding – and he did so again last night. The finals couldn’t have brought more drama if they’d been scripted for a Hollywood blockbuster (don’t rule that out happening sometime in the future). Today we wake to a world awash with talk of snowboarding.

In an age where the sport’s popularity is on the wane (and it is, just look at the figures), this is a very good thing.

Last night again proved if it’s spectacle you want, Shaun White plays a mighty good lead. The Olympic final was an epic rollercoaster with a deserved winner in the end. Like him or loathe him, snowboarding is better for having Shaun White.

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Men's Pipe: White's work of witchcraft

PyeongChang 2018

Olympic news: Shaun White dominates Men’s Pipe qualifiers

Shaun White pulled out one of the best pipe runs of his life this morning to nail top spot in the Olympic Pipe qualifiers. And yes – this said of a man that’s not exactly shy of putting down the occasional ‘good’ pipe run.

Hunt down the highlights from your local broadcaster ahead of tomorrow’s Finals. Going by this benchmark, the medal runs are going to be on fire.

Results

  1. Shaun White, USA, 98.50
  2.  Scotty James, Australia, 96.75
  3. Ayumu Hirano, Japan, 95.25
  4. Ben Ferguson, USA, 91
  5. Raibu Katayama, Japan, 90.75
  6. Jan Scherrer, Switzerland, 84
  7. Chase Josey, USA, 83.75
  8. Jake Pates, USA, 82.25
  9. Patrick Burgener, Switzerland, 82
  10. Yuto Totsuka, Japan, 80
  11. Peetu Piiroinen, Finland, 77.50
  12. Kent Callister, Australia, 77

Chloe Kim stomps Gold in Women's Pipe

PyeongChang 2018

Olympic news: Chloe Kim dominates Women’s Pipe Gold with next-level skills

If anyone had any doubts about Chloe Kim’s dominance in Women’s Pipe – wow – did she dispell them last night. Kim stomped an emphatic mark all over the Pipe finals – and the sport of Women’s snowboarding in general.

Kim’s parents are originally from South Korea and, as such, she’s taken on a kind of dual nationality at these Games with massive support not just from the US but also from the home crowd. Coming into these Games, the pressure’s been squarely on her young 17 year-old shoulders but she really stepped up this morning and proved she is the undisputed ruler of Women’s Pipe right now – and likely for some time to come.

Going into run 3, she already had an unassailable lead so threw down a victory lap to show what she’d been capable of all along – 6 hits which included back to back 10’s and bossed a score of 98.25. It was refreshing to see her do such a tech run despite already having nailed the event.

Silver and Bronze went to Liu Jiayu and Arielle Gold – both of whom laid down runs that would have likely scooped Gold on a different day. A day without Kim in attendance. Perennial Bronze-medallist Kelly Clark would have to settle for 4th this time in what must surely be her last Olympics (and also her 5th).

By now, you’re probably used to this (we’re not) but you’ll have to look to your local broadcaster for highlights reels and photos as the IOC has media rights in lockdown. It’s definitely worth finding the footage to get a glimpse into the future of Women’s Pipe riding. Full results below.

Overall
1.   Chloe Kim (U.S.)          98.25 points 
2.   Liu Jiayu (China)         89.75        
3.   Arielle Gold (U.S.)       85.75        
4.   Kelly Clark (U.S.)        83.50        
5.   Cai Xuetong (China)       76.50        
6.   Haruna Matsumoto (Japan)  70.00        
7.   Queralt Castellet (Spain) 67.75        
8.   Sena Tomita (Japan)       65.25        
9.   Mirabelle Thovex (France) 63.00        
10.  Sophie Rodriguez (France) 50.50        
11.  Emily Arthur (Australia)  48.25        
12.  Maddie Mastro (U.S.)      14.00        

Run 1
1.   Chloe Kim (U.S.)          93.75        
2.   Liu Jiayu (China)         85.50        
3.   Kelly Clark (U.S.)        76.25        
4.   Haruna Matsumoto (Japan)  70.00        
5.   Sena Tomita (Japan)       65.25        
6.   Queralt Castellet (Spain) 59.75        
7.   Mirabelle Thovex (France) 59.50        
8.   Sophie Rodriguez (France) 50.50        
9.   Emily Arthur (Australia)  48.25        
10.  Cai Xuetong (China)       20.50        
11.  Maddie Mastro (U.S.)      14.00        
12.  Arielle Gold (U.S.)       10.50        

Run 2
1.   Liu Jiayu (China)         89.75        
2.   Kelly Clark (U.S.)        81.75        
3.   Arielle Gold (U.S.)       74.75        
4.   Queralt Castellet (Spain) 67.75        
5.   Haruna Matsumoto (Japan)  46.25        
6.   Chloe Kim (U.S.)          41.50        
7.   Cai Xuetong (China)       41.25        
8.   Sena Tomita (Japan)       34.50        
9.   Mirabelle Thovex (France) 30.25        
10.  Sophie Rodriguez (France) 14.75        
11.  Emily Arthur (Australia)  9.25         
12.  Maddie Mastro (U.S.)      7.50         

Run 3
1.   Chloe Kim (U.S.)          98.25        
2.   Arielle Gold (U.S.)       85.75        
3.   Kelly Clark (U.S.)        83.50        
4.   Cai Xuetong (China)       76.50        
5.   Haruna Matsumoto (Japan)  65.75        
6.   Mirabelle Thovex (France) 63.00        
7.   Sena Tomita (Japan)       60.50        
8.   Liu Jiayu (China)         49.00        
9.   Queralt Castellet (Spain) 43.75        
10.  Emily Arthur (Australia)  25.00        
11.  Sophie Rodriguez (France) 13.75        
12.  Maddie Mastro (U.S.)      6.50

Incoming: Women's Pipe Final and Men's Pipe Quallies

PyeongChang 2018

Olympic news: If your boss doesn’t hate you already, he might by tomorrow

Yep, another school night and – yep – another stellar overnight schedule at the Olympics. If your boss gives you grief for falling asleep on the job, probably best not cite this as your reason.

Full ski and snowboard schedule 13.02.18

10.00 (local) / 01.00 GMT: Women’s Snowboard Halfpipe Finals at Phoenix Park

11.30 (local) / 02.30 GMT: Men’s Alpine Combined (Downhill heat) at Jeongseon Alpine Centre

13.00 (local) / 04.00 GMT: Men’s Snowboard Halfpipe Qualifying at Phoenix Park

15.00 (local) / 06.00 GMT: Men’s Alpine Combined (Slalom heat) at Jeongseon Alpine Centre


Women's Halfpipe Qualifiers results

PyeongChang 2018

Olympic news: Women’s Halfpipe dominated by Chloe Kim

As expected, Chloe Kim dominated the Women’s Halfpipe qualifiers at Phoenix Park this morning, placing top in both her runs. You’d be hesitant to say this was a foregone conclusion (it’s the Olympics after all – anything can happen) but it feels like it’s going to take a Force Majeure to deny Kim’s ambitions of Olympic Gold this year.

Hunt out a highlights show for video as the IOC media lockdown continues. You’d almost think they don’t want to promote their own event :(. The Finals are scheduled for tomorrow – 10am local, 1am GMT.

Qualifying results

1.   Chloe Kim (U.S.)            95.50 QF points 
2.   Liu Jiayu (China)           87.75 QF        
3.   Haruna Matsumoto (Japan)    84.25 QF        
4.   Maddie Mastro (U.S.)        83.75 QF        
5.   Queralt Castellet (Spain)   71.50 QF        
6.   Cai Xuetong (China)         69.00 QF        
7.   Sena Tomita (Japan)         66.75 QF        
8.   Emily Arthur (Australia)    66.50 QF        
9.   Sophie Rodriguez (France)   65.00 QF        
10.  Mirabelle Thovex (France)   64.25 QF        
11.  Kelly Clark (U.S.)          63.25 QF        
12.  Arielle Gold (U.S.)         62.75 QF        
13.  Holly Crawford (Australia)  57.50           
14.  Verena Rohrer (Switzerland) 55.00           
15.  Kurumi Imai (Japan)         54.75           
16.  Qiu Leng (China)            53.75           
17.  Hikaru Oe (Japan)           51.00           
18.  Mercedes Nicoll (Canada)    50.00           
19.  Elizabeth Hosking (Canada)  36.75           
20.  Kwon Sun-Oo (Korea)         35.00           
21.  Kaja Verdnik (Slovenia)     34.00           
22.  Li Shuang (China)           24.50           
23.  Calynn Irwin (Canada)       23.25           
24.  Clemence Grimal (France)    14.25

Anderson wins contentious Women's Slopestyle

PyeongChang 2018

Olympic news: Women’s Slopestyle final goes ahead despite less-than-perfect conditions

Wind. Unfortunately, it’s a word you’re probably going to hear a fair bit about over the coming days. Wind canceled the Women’s Slopestyle Qualifiers on Sunday afternoon (early Sunday morning GMT) and threatened to cancel last night’s Final too. Finally, after multiple delays, the word was given to press ahead but you can’t help but feel this was an event that should have been put on hold for better conditions rather than pressing forward just to satisfy TV schedules.

So it came to be that, under highly contentious conditions, the Slopestyle final went ahead this morning (very early morning GMT). We recommend finding a highlights show to make a decision yourself whether you think it was the right thing to do. Some of the stacks were horrendous but riders dusted themselves down and kept going – testimony to their grit and determination to continue. When you consider these athletes trained four years for their chance at glory, to just press ahead in sub-optimal conditions was dubious at best – dangerous at worst. Indeed, vet rider Silvia Mittermueller took an executive decision and pulled out last minute, riding down the side of the course with her kit. The decision to hold the final will no doubt be questioned for some time to come. The only saving grace was there thankfully weren’t any serious injuries amongst the field.

On a side note, wind also postponed the traditional Olympic blue riband event – the Men’s Ski Downhill on Sunday – as well as the Women’s Ski GS event this morning. Both comps have been put back til Thursday (at least that’s the current re-scheduling info). It makes you wonder why a similar re-jigging of dates couldn’t have been extended to the snowboard events. Without detracting from the riders who took part – or those who podiumed – you can’t help but feel a comp under better conditions would have given the riders a better chance to fully show their skills.

Anyway, here’s your full comp results. As ever – no photos, no video – blame the IOC and its archaic possessiveness over media rights.

Overall
1.   Jamie Anderson (U.S.)                        83.00 points 
2.   Laurie Blouin (Canada)                       76.33        
3.   Enni Rukajarvi (Finland)                     75.38        
4.   Silje Norendal (Norway)                      73.91        
5.   Jessika Jenson (U.S.)                        72.26        
6.   Hailey Langland (U.S.)                       71.80        
7.   Sina Candrian (Switzerland)                  66.35        
8.   Sofya Fedorova (Olympic Athlete from Russia) 65.73        
9.   Yuka Fujimori (Japan)                        63.73        
10.  Elena Konz (Switzerland)                     59.00        
11.  Julia Marino (U.S.)                          55.85        
12.  Asami Hirono (Japan)                         49.80        
13.  Zoi Sadowski-Synnott (New Zealand)           48.38        
14.  Reira Iwabuchi (Japan)                       48.33        
15.  Anna Gasser (Austria)                        46.56        
16.  Sarka Pancochova (Czech Republic)            43.46        
17.  Aimee Fuller (Britain)                       41.43        
18.  Isabel Derungs (Switzerland)                 39.66        
19.  Miyabi Onitsuka (Japan)                      39.55        
20.  Carla Somaini (Switzerland)                  36.71        
21.  Brooke Voigt (Canada)                        36.61        
22.  Spencer O'Brien (Canada)                     36.45        
23.  Cheryl Maas (Netherlands)                    35.30        
24.  Klaudia Medlova (Slovakia)                   34.00        
25.  Lucile Lefevre (France)                      28.35        
.    Silvia Mittermuller (Germany)                DNS          

Run 1
1.   Jamie Anderson (U.S.)                        83.00        
2.   Silje Norendal (Norway)                      73.91        
3.   Jessika Jenson (U.S.)                        72.26        
4.   Sina Candrian (Switzerland)                  66.35        
5.   Yuka Fujimori (Japan)                        63.73        
6.   Julia Marino (U.S.)                          55.85        
7.   Asami Hirono (Japan)                         49.80        
8.   Laurie Blouin (Canada)                       49.16        
9.   Reira Iwabuchi (Japan)                       48.33        
10.  Enni Rukajarvi (Finland)                     45.85        
11.  Sarka Pancochova (Czech Republic)            43.46        
12.  Anna Gasser (Austria)                        42.05        
13.  Hailey Langland (U.S.)                       41.26        
14.  Isabel Derungs (Switzerland)                 39.66        
15.  Carla Somaini (Switzerland)                  36.71        
16.  Aimee Fuller (Britain)                       34.63        
17.  Miyabi Onitsuka (Japan)                      33.25        
18.  Cheryl Maas (Netherlands)                    31.71        
19.  Lucile Lefevre (France)                      28.35        
20.  Sofya Fedorova (Olympic Athlete from Russia) 27.53        
21.  Zoi Sadowski-Synnott (New Zealand)           26.70        
22.  Spencer O'Brien (Canada)                     26.43        
23.  Klaudia Medlova (Slovakia)                   26.16        
24.  Brooke Voigt (Canada)                        24.36        
25.  Elena Konz (Switzerland)                     17.28        
.    Silvia Mittermuller (Germany)                DNS          

Run 2
1.   Laurie Blouin (Canada)                       76.33        
2.   Enni Rukajarvi (Finland)                     75.38        
3.   Hailey Langland (U.S.)                       71.80        
4.   Sofya Fedorova (Olympic Athlete from Russia) 65.73        
5.   Elena Konz (Switzerland)                     59.00        
6.   Yuka Fujimori (Japan)                        48.51        
7.   Zoi Sadowski-Synnott (New Zealand)           48.38        
8.   Silje Norendal (Norway)                      47.66        
9.   Anna Gasser (Austria)                        46.56        
10.  Aimee Fuller (Britain)                       41.43        
11.  Jessika Jenson (U.S.)                        41.11        
12.  Julia Marino (U.S.)                          41.05        
13.  Sina Candrian (Switzerland)                  39.80        
14.  Miyabi Onitsuka (Japan)                      39.55        
15.  Sarka Pancochova (Czech Republic)            39.18        
16.  Brooke Voigt (Canada)                        36.61        
17.  Spencer O'Brien (Canada)                     36.45        
18.  Cheryl Maas (Netherlands)                    35.30        
19.  Jamie Anderson (U.S.)                        34.56        
20.  Klaudia Medlova (Slovakia)                   34.00        
21.  Isabel Derungs (Switzerland)                 31.98        
22.  Reira Iwabuchi (Japan)                       31.06        
23.  Asami Hirono (Japan)                         27.26        
24.  Carla Somaini (Switzerland)                  23.08        
25.  Lucile Lefevre (France)                      17.31        
.    Silvia Mittermuller (Germany)                DNS



Rescheduled Women's Slopestyle & Pipe details

PyeongChang 2018

Olympic news: Two-run, all-field final planned for Women’s Slopestyle

Following the cancellation of the first round Women’s Slopestyle event yesterday due to high winds, the comp has been rescheduled for tomorrow (tonight) in a two-run, all-competitors format. This supersedes the planned first round followed by three-run Final format. The high winds also caused the rescheduling of the Men’s Ski Downhill race which has been put back til Thursday – while the Men’s Slopestyle was completed successfully (full results here).

The Women’s Slopestyle kicks off at 10am local (1am GMT) so best get thinking up those excuses for why you might be late into work tomorrow morning. Aimee Fuller represents the UK aiming to improve on her 17th place in the 2014 Sochi Games.

 

Also happening tonight is the Women’s Halfpipe qualifying, scheduled for 1.30pm local (4.30am GMT). We politely redirect you to the earlier comment about excuses for work.

Full ski and snowboard schedule tonight:

10am local / 1am GMT : Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Finals at Phoenix Park

10.15am local / 1.15am GMT : Women’s Giant Slalom Run 1 at Yongpyong Alpine Centre

1.30pm local / 4.30am GMT : Women’s Snowboard Halfpipe Qualifying at Phoenix Park

1.45pm / 4.45am GMT : Women’s Giant Slalom Run 2 at Yongpyong Alpine Centre

10.1opm / 1.10pm GMT : Men’s Moguls Finals at Phoenix Park

 


Gerard wins Men's Olympic Slopestyle

PyeongChang 2018

Olympic news: Men’s Slopestyle Final results

The USA’s Red Gerard snatched a deserved Olympic Gold early this morning in the Slopestyle Finals in PyeongChang. Going against hefty competition from an established field of riders – many of whom you’d have put money on for the title – the 17 year old nailed his final run in the windy conditions. Despite two thirds of the top twelve riders coming from Norway and Canada, Team USA grabbed the honours – reminiscent of four years ago when the top place went to Sage Kotsenburg.

As ever, you’ll need to look to your local broadcaster for highlights – or sign up to Eurosport who also have media rights. The IOC remain beyond anal with their footage lockdown unfortunately. Meantime, here’s the thoughts of Red on his win (full results below):

Overall
1.   Red Gerard (U.S.)                  87.16 points 
2.   Maxence Parrot (Canada)            86.00        
3.   Mark McMorris (Canada)             85.20        
4.   Stale Sandbech (Norway)            81.01        
5.   Carlos Garcia Knight (New Zealand) 78.60        
6.   Marcus Kleveland (Norway)          77.76        
7.   Tyler Nicholson (Canada)           76.41        
8.   Torgeir Bergrem (Norway)           75.80        
9.   Niklas Mattsson (Sweden)           74.71        
10.  Seppe Smits (Belgium)              69.03        
11.  Sebastien Toutant (Canada)         61.08        
12.  Mons Roisland (Norway)             DNS          
Run 1
1.   Carlos Garcia Knight (New Zealand) 78.60        
2.   Marcus Kleveland (Norway)          77.76        
3.   Mark McMorris (Canada)             75.30        
4.   Torgeir Bergrem (Norway)           58.80        
5.   Maxence Parrot (Canada)            45.13        
6.   Stale Sandbech (Norway)            44.81        
7.   Red Gerard (U.S.)                  43.33        
8.   Niklas Mattsson (Sweden)           38.43        
9.   Tyler Nicholson (Canada)           36.18        
10.  Sebastien Toutant (Canada)         33.66        
11.  Seppe Smits (Belgium)              31.11        
.    Mons Roisland (Norway)             DNS          
Run 2
1.   Mark McMorris (Canada)             85.20        
2.   Stale Sandbech (Norway)            81.01        
3.   Tyler Nicholson (Canada)           76.41        
4.   Torgeir Bergrem (Norway)           75.80        
5.   Niklas Mattsson (Sweden)           74.71        
6.   Seppe Smits (Belgium)              69.03        
7.   Sebastien Toutant (Canada)         57.23        
8.   Carlos Garcia Knight (New Zealand) 52.98        
9.   Maxence Parrot (Canada)            49.48        
10.  Red Gerard (U.S.)                  46.40        
11.  Marcus Kleveland (Norway)          43.71        
.    Mons Roisland (Norway)             DNS          
Run 3
1.   Red Gerard (U.S.)                  87.16        
2.   Maxence Parrot (Canada)            86.00        
3.   Tyler Nicholson (Canada)           76.15        
4.   Seppe Smits (Belgium)              66.18        
5.   Sebastien Toutant (Canada)         61.08        
6.   Mark McMorris (Canada)             60.68        
7.   Torgeir Bergrem (Norway)           60.03        
8.   Niklas Mattsson (Sweden)           42.48        
9.   Stale Sandbech (Norway)            38.13        
10.  Marcus Kleveland (Norway)          37.18        
11.  Carlos Garcia Knight (New Zealand) 24.35        
.    Mons Roisland (Norway)             DNS

Men's Slopestyle Qualifier Results

PyeongChang 2018

Olympic news : Men’s Slopestyle Qualifier results are in

If you missed it – or just weren’t bothered to stay up – here’s the results from last night’s Olympic Men’s Slopestyle Qualifiers, run over two heats early this morning:

1. Maxence Parrot (Canada) 87.36 points Q
2. Mark McMorris (Canada) 86.83 Q
3. Marcus Kleveland (Norway) 83.71 Q
4. Red Gerard (U.S.) 82.55 Q
5. Stale Sandbech (Norway) 82.13 Q
6. Carlos Garcia Knight (New Zealand) 80.10 Q
7. Tyler Nicholson (Canada) 79.21 Q
8. Seppe Smits (Belgium) 78.36 Q
9. Sebastien Toutant (Canada) 78.01 Q
10. Clemens Millauer (Austria) 77.45
11. Mons Roisland (Norway) 76.50 Q
12. Torgeir Bergrem (Norway) 75.45 Q
13. Yuri Okubo (Japan) 75.05
14. Niklas Mattsson (Sweden) 73.53 Q
15. Roope Tonteri (Finland) 72.60
16. Jamie Nicholls (Britain) 71.56
17. Chris Corning (U.S.) 70.85
18. Peetu Piiroinen (Finland) 69.26
19. Vladislav Khadarin (Olympic Athlete from Russia) 64.16
20. Sebbe De Buck (Belgium) 59.40
21. Jonas Bosiger (Switzerland) 58.26
22. Billy Morgan (Britain) 56.40
23. Kyle Mack (U.S.) 53.55
24. Matias Schmitt (Argentina) 50.86
25. Mans Hedberg (Sweden) 46.25
26. Hiroaki Kunitake (Japan) 43.16
27. Petr Horak (Czech Republic) 41.93
28. Rene Rinnekangas (Finland) 37.91
29. Michael Scharer (Switzerland) 37.61
30. Nicolas Huber (Switzerland) 36.90
31. Stef Vandeweyer (Belgium) 33.75
32. Kalle Jarvilehto (Finland) 31.10
33. Rowan Coultas (Britain) 23.58
34. Moritz Thonen (Switzerland) 23.55
35. Ryan Stassel (U.S.) 23.50
. Lee Min-Sik (Korea) DNS
. Niek van der Velden (Netherlands) DNS

The Olympics being the Olympics, you’ll need to look to your home nation broadcaster for highlights. Footage is likely to be slow to trickle down to YouTube etc such is the IOC’s over-zealous protectiveness on its media rights. Still, just a cursory look at the list above shows you a few big name riders failing to make the cut – including the UK team’s Jamie Nicholls, Billy Morgan and Rowan Coultas.

Finals are scheduled for early tomorrow morning, 10.00am local (01.00am GMT).