[This is the official criteria by which halfpipe riders will be judged during the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.]

These judges will score the run by evaluating overall precision, including the execution of the run and the routine attempted. The Overall Impression (OI) judge evaluates the precise nature of the run in relation to maneuvers attempted, both individually and as a sequence. The overall composition of the run is most important as the OI judge evaluates the sequences of tricks, the amount of risk in the routine, and how the rider uses the pipe. The OI judges take falls and stops into consideration and can deduct up to 20 % of the points of the run/judge for each fall/stop.

Criteria Considerations

The OI judge looks at the overall routine of how the run progresses and flows, taking everything into consideration. This means the amplitude, difficulty, variety, pipe-use and execution of all tricks. Amplitude means the height of the tricks preformed. Difficulty refers to not only the tricks performed but also the placement of the tricks and the combinations used. Variety refers to a good mix of Standard Airs and Rotations, performed on both walls of the pipe. Execution refers the stability, fluidity and control of maneuvers performed. In a Halfpipe run, there must be a minimum of one straight air to maximize the OI scores. If these are not preformed, a full deduction will be deducted from the score, (2.0×5 judges = 10.0 points). The OI judge is looking how rider puts together the run to show a variety of tricks that are well executed and difficult. The OI judge looks at falls as not only affecting the trick attempted, but also on the next few hits since the rider may have lost momentum. The OI judges also consider the rider’s intensity, smoothness and pipe-use. Thus high amplitude and higher risk taking will increase a riders score, as will attempting a difficult maneuver at the beginning of a run. Also sequences of tricks are important, for example, back to back 720´s may be more difficult than splitting them up in the run.

Deductions for falls per judge will be as follows:

0.1 — 0.4 Small mistakes as: flat landings, unstable body during landings, snow brakes and possible small handtouch.

0.5 — 0.9 Using hands for stability, hand drags.

1.0 — 1.5 Hard touchdowns and Minor falls, body contact with snow.

1.6 — 1.9 Complete falls without stop or interruption.

2.0 Any complete stop

Finish Line

The finish line indicates the final point of take off that will be considered by the judges. If a rider takes off and performs a trick on or before the line, the trick (and any fall) will count.

Considerations of the Judging Criteria

The main problem for the judge panel is to determine what the ideal is and what is not. To help judges in assessing a Halfpipe run, three key concepts are considered:

First we have the concept of “variety”. If the athlete can do a large number of different tricks, he shows a high mastery of the sport and is thus better than someone who can only do a limited number of maneuvers.

A second concept is “difficulty”. A good rider must be able to perform tricks that are difficult.

Third, each trick must be performed with ideal “execution. This is where discrepancies in judging are often being challenged…. What is ideal execution? The answer – it’s up to the discretion of the judge, such is the nature of a judged competition. For example: one who performs a method air by barely bending his knees and just touching his board has not performed the trick in a difficult and well executed manner compared to someone who grabs his board, pulls it over his head, holds it, and straightens his legs. It’s up to the judge to make this discretion. Obviously, experience and observation are the keys when it comes to judging execution, and difficulty. Therefore we must stress the importance of judge training. If a judge isn’t properly trained, his scores will reflect it in their inaccuracy and inconsistency.


In the event that two or more competitors obtain the same score, the highest twoo scores in the tied run shall determine the winner. If they are still tied the highest three scores in the tied run shalldetermine the winner. If they are still tied they will remain tied and the rider with the higher bib will be ordered first. If two or more riders are tied for the 6th place in the first qualification run all tied riders will qualify to the finals. In such a case the number of qualifiers in the second run will be accordingly diminished.