- Freestyle Skiing
Americans Wise, Blunck advance to halfpipe finals; Yater-Wallace doesn't
In its Olympic debut, freeski halfpipe dealt with heavy snowfall through the qualification round forcing several skiers to not land their run, particularly in the second round of qualification when the snow turned into rain, slowing the pipe down.
Despite the poor conditions that resembled the test event from 2013, two Americans did advance to the final round.
David Wise had the second highest score with an 88.40, while Aaron Blunck, who went first, sat on the bubble the entire second round, advancing to the final round with a 72.00, scored on his second run.
In between the flakes and rain drops, it was Canada's Justin Dorey - the number one ranked halfpipe skier in the world - that won the qualification round. He scored a 91.60 on his first run.
Everyone who advanced to the final round all had first round scores good enough to advance.
The two other Americans - Lyman Currier and Torin Yater-Wallace - did not qualify.
Lyman Currier fell on both of his runs. On his second run it appeared he injured his right knee.
The biggest surprise was Yater-Wallace. The 18-year old won the test event and was expected to reach the podium. He fell on his first run and couldn't land his final jump on the second run cleanly, ending his hopes for his first Olympic medal.
Leading up to the Olympics, Yater-Wallace was dealing with injuries. He's recovering from two broken ribs sustained during a training run at the 2013 Dew Tour, two weeks after suffering a collapsed lung.
To add insult to injury, Yater-Wallace was locked out of his room when he returned to Olympic Village.
Byron Wells of New Zealand did not start due to an injury sustained during training, tweeting a photo of his wheelchair. His two other brothers - Jossi and Beau-James - did qualify for the finals.
The top 12 scores advance to the final round. Watch it live, today at 12.30 p.m. on NBCOlympics.com.
Qualification (Top 12 advance)
Justin Dorey (CAN) - 91.60
David Wise (USA) - 88.40
Benoit Valentin (FRA) - 87.00
Kevin Rolland (FRA) - 84.80
Jossi Wells (NZL) - 83.00
Mike Riddle (CAN) - 82.20
Noah Bowman (CAN) - 80.60
Lyndon Sheehan (NZL) - 80.00
Antii-Jussi Kemppainen (FIN) - 79.40
Beau-James Wells (NZL) - 76.80
Thomas Krief (FRA) - 74.80
Aaron Blunck (USA) - 72.00
Jon Anders Lindstad (NOR) - 69.00
Yannic Lerjen (SUI) - 67.60
Matt Margetts (CAN) - 66.80
Nils Lauper (SUI) - 65.00
Murray Muchan (GBR) - 62.40
Joel Gisler (SUI) - 60.80
Marco Ladner (AUT) - 58.60
Andreas Gohl (AUT) - 54.80
Xavier Bertoni (FRA) - 53.40
Kentaro Tsuda (JPN) - 53.00
James Machon (GBR) - 52.20
Kwang-Jin Kim (KOR) - 45.40
Torin Yater-Wallace (USA) - 39.00
Peter Crook (IVB) - 25.20
Pavel Nabokkh (RUS) - 13.40
Lyman Currier (USA) - 12.60
Byron Wells (NZL) - DNS
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