Olympic men's halfpipe qualifying had the feel of a final at times Tuesday at Phoenix Snow Park.
On Tuesday (Monday night USA time), White posted a 93.25 in his first run, which as the third-best run of the day would have seen him handily qualify for Wednesday's final. Four others broke 90 in qualifying including Japan's Ayumu Hirano, 2014 Olympic silver medalist, and Australian Scotty James.
"For me, I knew I had it in me", said White, who won gold in 2006 and 2010 before slipping to fourth in Sochi four years ago. That moment, which vaulted White into the Winter Olympics, has followed him - and the sport - to Pyeongchang, where several other snowboarders have taken issue with the sport's judging, saying that White is shown favouritism, and that nobody's run should be deemed flawless. Then White laid down his 98.25.
"That", snowboarder Rakai Tait of New Zealand said, "was as close to flawless as you can get". "I wish I could flip a switch and love you back.love snowboarding like I did when I was 7". Judges will score each run and award up to 100 points (which virtually no one ever gets); they will be evaluating riders on execution, variety, amplitude and difficulty.
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He mentioned his adrenaline rush, explained the symbolic system of flowers in the portrait's verdure, and sat down. If, as Wiley has said, his intent as an artist is to be provocative, he can consider himself successful.
"I'm going to do what I need to do here and then I'm going to go home to Australia and see everyone that's been supporting me and celebrate with those people who said that I could [do it] from the start". Fellow American teammate, Ben Ferguson, arguably one of the most creative riders in the halfpipe circuit, let loose an absolutely massive air-to-fakie on his first hit and followed it up with a glimpse of the doubles he surely plans to unleash in finals.
"It's a good contest, it was going off like a fish milkshake and I was just happy to be in it having a good time so I'm walking away happy, pleased, safe - it's good".
"I was stoked to put that run down", White told NBC following his performance. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial no matter what package you choose, plus you can get a free Amazon Fire TV if you prepay two months.
In Pyeongchang, one South Korean chef gave an expensive burger the very same nickname in a display of support for the American athlete's quest for another Olympic gold medal in the halfpipe.