Chloe Kim and Shaun White Advance to Finals in Halfpipe at Beijing Olympics
(BEIJING) — Defending Olympic champion snowboarder Chloe Kim cruised by means of the halfpipe on her first run.
She scored 87.75, adequate for the highest spot in ladies’s qualifying Wednesday at Genting Snow Park.
The 21-year-old from California turned it up a notch in run No. 2, however fell on her swap bottom 720. She raised her hand as if to say, “Oh effectively.” She playfully caught out her tongue whereas ready for her rating.
Mitsuki Ono of Japan was second in qualifying. This a day after showing to be bothered by a hip ailment in coaching and in some discomfort. Cai Xuetong of China had the third-best rating in qualifying, with Queralt Castellet of Spain additionally within the combine.
The most important shock was the efficiency of American Maddie Mastro, who completed simply outdoors of the top-12 that superior to Thursday’s closing. She was within the final spot however was bumped out by one of many closing riders, Elizabeth Hosking of Canada.
After falling on his first try, snowboarder Shaun White hammered down a pressure-packed halfpipe qualifying run to make it by means of to the medal spherical of his fifth and closing Olympics.
The three-time gold medalist fell on his signature trick on his first run — the Double McTwist 1260 — and was mired in nineteenth place.
After a 50-minute wait following his fall, White returned to the highest of the pipe and nailed the identical run he’d tried earlier than.
Every rider obtained two tries and solely their finest rating counted. The highest 12 superior to Friday’s closing. White ended up in fourth.
He stomped each touchdown and yell out a “Yeahhhh” on the backside. He certified behind two-time silver medalist Ayumu Hirano, 2018 bronze medalist Scotty James and Hirano’s Japanese teammate, Ruka Hirano.