If you ever wondered why we haven’t been announcing so far that Iouri Podladtchikov won the Olympic Games in Halfpipe it is because of the rule 40 of the Olympic Charter that didn’t allow us to do so until today.
So now today we ANNOUNCE it even LOUDER: CONGRATS IPOD! It was amazing and a roller-coaster watching halfpipe qualies and finals. And at the end you made it!!!
After a long day filled with many ups and downs, TSG ripper Iouri Podladtchikov claimed the Olympic halfpipe gold medal, upseating Shaun White from his 8 year reign. 2nd and 3rd place were both taken by Japanese riders – 15 year old Ayumu Hirano and Taku Hiraoka.
It was young Ayumu Hirano who took the lead early on and Shaun White messed up his first run. Iouri seemed much more in tune with the pipe this evening compared to this morning, blasting one hell of a second run to post a score of 94.75. His run started off with a massive backside air before a floaty frontside 5, double mctwist 1260, frontside 1080 and cab double 1440 – his famed ‘Yolo’ flip. It was all executed clean and the judges seemed down with his amplitude and the fact that he stomped a trick that he and only one other person in the world can do. Iouri took 1st place with that score.
Japan’s Taku Hiraoka and Ayumu Hiranoi both also had great second runs but couldn’t reach Iouri`s top score. And Shaun unable to put down a first run, incredibly crumbled under the pressure of the second.
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