USA’s David Wise defends title, wins Olympic halfpipe gold

USA’s David Wise defends title, wins Olympic halfpipe gold

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In what was a barnburner of a men’s halfpipe final, the United States’ David Wise defended his 2014 Sochi gold medal with a score of 97.20. The Nevada native fell on both of his first two runs, but his ability to perform under intense pressure helped him stomp his third run, which placed him atop the halfpipe world. Aspen, Colorado’s Alex Ferreira made his hometown proud, scoring a 96.40 on his final run to take home silver, while New Zealand’s Nico Porteus took home the surprise bronze medal, knocking off contenders like the USA’s Aaron Blunck and Torin Yater-Wallace, Canada’s Mike Riddle and Noah Bowman, as well as New Zealand’s Beau-James Wells.

2018 Olympic Winter Games, ski slopestyle results:

1. David Wise ????????
2. Alex Ferreira ????????
3. Nico Porteus ????????
4. Beau-James Wells ????????
5. Noah Bowman ????????
6. Mike Riddle ????????
7. Aaron Blunck ????????
8. Andreas Gohl ????????
9. Torin Yater-Wallace ????????
10. Thomas Krief ????????
11. Kevin Rolland ????????

The skiing community weighs in

Who are the freeskiers to watch for in PyeongChang? Click on the banner above to view FREESKIER’s list of 2018 Olympic contenders.

2018 Olympic Winter Games fun facts

The XXIII Olympic Winter Games will be held for 17 days from February 9-25, 2018, in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, the Republic of Korea. This marks the first time the Olympics have been staged in Korea since the Summer Games were hosted in Seoul, in 1988. Japan is the only other Asian country to have hosted the Olympic Winter Games in both 1972 (Sapporo) and 1998 (Nagano).

More than 2,800 athletes from 95 nations are expected to participate in 7 sports, and 15 sport disciplines, between 102 medal events—the most ever contested at an Olympic Winter Games to date. Yup, this will be the first ever Olympic Winter Games to hand out over 100 gold medals! A total of 6 new events—such as snowboard big air (men, women), speed skating mass start (men, women), curling mixed doubles and an alpine skiing team event—have been added to the program.

The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games will be contested across 12 competition venues spread between 2 clusters: a coastal cluster of arenas for skating and curling and a mountain cluster for skiing and sliding.

The Paralympic Games will run March 9-18, 2018. More than 670 athletes representing 45 nations are expected to compete in a total of 6 sports and a total of 80 events.

Lee Suk-Woo is the designer of the medals for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. He incorporated Hangeul (the Korean alphabet and the foundation of Korean culture) into the design of the medals by using a series of three-dimensional consonants. The ribbons attached to the medals are made from Gapsa, a traditional Korean fabric. Each gold medal weighs 586 grams (1.29 pounds); silver medals weigh 580 grams (1.28 pounds); and bronze medals clock in at 493 grams (1.09 pounds), making them the heaviest Olympic medals in history.

2018 Olympic freeskiing contest & TV schedule

Note: Korea Standard Time is 16 hours ahead of Mountain Time; where an event may be listed as taking place on February 16, keep in mind, it may in fact be taking place on February 17 across the pond. OK, dive in!

Monday, February 19, 2018:

Women’s freeski halfpipe finals ???? — 6:00 p.m. MT (NBC primetime coverage; nbcolympics.com)

Men’s freeski halfpipe qualifying — 9:00 p.m. MT (NBC primetime coverage; nbcolympics.com)

Tuesday, February 21, 2018:

Men’s freeski halfpipe finals ???? — 7:30 p.m. MT (NBC primetime coverage; nbcolympics.com)

*Schedule above is subject to change.

For the full run-down of Olympic events and associated television coverage, visit nbcolympics.com/live-stream-schedule.

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