Men’s halfpipe semifinal results from the Sochi Olympics
Apparently you can make it all the way to finals at the Olympics with a tindy. That’s what Chinese rider Wancheng Shi was grabbing on several spins as he moved through qualifiers and semifinals to take a spot in the medal round.
That travesty aside, the level of riding was noticeably lower in the semis. Whether it was because everyone was tired, the pipe was deteriorating a little, or a combination of both, where many riders did double corks on their qualifying runs they now dialed their tricks back or fell.
No sign of I-Pod’s Cab double cork 1440 yet but he did toss a big old method on his first hit and a frontside 1080, Cab double cork 1080, and frontside inverted 720 to take the top semifinal score of 87.50.
US rider Greg Bretz was able to grab the next best score of 85 when he landed his back-to-back double cork, 900, and 1080 run. Greg beat Shaun White at the start of the season in the 2013 Dew Tour pipe but it doesn’t look like there’s much chance of that happening again at Sochi.
Australia’s Kent Callister had been cranking mean methods all afternoon and he blasted yet another, plus tech tricks like back-t0-back double corks to walk away with the third highest score.
We didn’t get to see one of Taylor Gold’s frontside 1260s either today, which he had been landing consistently during the Grand Prix qualifying events. He fell on his first run, and after throwing double michalchucks during the qualifiers he opted for a plain-old Michalchuck on this second run and finished with a frontside 720 where he would usually get his 12.
The Sochi halfpipe finals start at 9:30 p.m. Moscow Time, 9:30 a.m. Pacific
Qualified Riders From Semifinals Advancing To Finals
1. Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI)
2. Greg Bretz (USA)
3. Kent Callister (AUS)
4. Yiwei Zhang (CHN)
5. Wangcheng Shi (CHN)
6. Tim-Kevin Ravnjak (SLO)
7. Nathan Johnstone (AUS)
8. Taylor Gold (USA)
9. Seamus O’Connor (IRL)
10. Johann Baisamy (FRA)
11. Aurthor Longo (FRA)
12. Jan Scherrer — Did not start (SUI)
They will join the following riders who fast-tracked from qualifiers
1. Ayumu Hirano
2. Christian Haller
3. David Habluetzel
1. Shaun White
2. Taku Hiroka
3. Danny Davis