Shaun White (USA) competes during the men's halfpipe snowboarding qualification of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. Mandatory Credit: Guy Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (USA TODAY) - For all the concerns riders had about the Olympic halfpipe here, it proved to be good enough in Tuesday's qualification.
White was the highest-scoring rider in his heat and overall at Rosa
Khutor Extreme Park, advancing him to the Olympic final later tonight.
All four Americans advanced, either through to the final or to the
"It's bumpy, but it's much better than practice," said
Danny Davis, who finished third in the second qualification heat and
moved on to the final.
"It's like Mt. Hood, we're used to it."
top three riders from each of two heats moved on to the final tonight,
while the fourth through ninth riders in each heat moved on to a 12-man
semifinal. Half of those riders will make the final.
Taylor Gold and Greg Bretz each made it through to the semifinal, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. local time (10 a.m. EST).
was nervous actually," said Davis. "I don't really get that nervous for
contests, but there was a lot of hype on this contest. My family's
here. We're in Russia. Gotta make it count.
"I think I gotta step it up to beat Shaun. He'll have to step up his run as well, so it'll be an interesting final."
scored a 95.75 on a first run that included a 22-foot method and
back-to-back double corks. The two-time defending gold medalist used his
second run for practice and did not score higher.
On his first run down the pipe, Davis scored a 92.00 to finish third behind White and Japan's Tako Hiraoka.
riders competed Tuesday after concerns about the pipe that persisted
since they started training on Saturday. On Monday night, several voice
concerns about safety and the bumpiness in the flat bottom of the pipe.
not a whole lot of control in there, it's kind of just hanging on for
dear life," said Gold, whose second run scored 87.50 to place him fifth
in the second heat. "I kinda just tried to stay low and be powerful.
practicing your tricks at all and coming into an event it pretty
precarious on its own, let alone in a bumpy pipe. I'm getting my legs
under me with every run."
Bretz placed seventh in the first heat, scoring a 71.75 on a run that included a double cork.
pipe seemed to ride better during the second heat after several riders
fell from the first heat. Only 15-year-old Ayumu Hirano of Japan scored
better than an 84 in the first heat - he qualified for the final with a
score of 92.25 - while the top seven riders from the second heat topped
"It's gonna be tricky, but it's going to really show the good
actual snowboarder," said Great Britain's Dominic Harington, who did not
advance out of the first qualification heat.
"If you're good at
snowboarding, you should be able to get on your back foot and you should
prepare for the bumps so you should know how to deal with it. It didn't
work out for me, but that's how it goes."
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