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USA Today Sports
6/14
6. Building a wall
In anticipation of the Vancouver Olympics, athletes began learning bigger and more technical tricks than ever before - most notably, the double cork. In order to allow the competitors to reach the amplitude needed to execute these bigger tricks, the size of the halfpipes being constructed increased, with 22-foot-high walls becoming the new standard - up from 18 feet.
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USA Today Sports
7/14
7. Aussie! Aussie! Aussie!
Australian Torah Bright ended the streak of American dominance in women's halfpipe in 2010, topping previous gold medalists Hannah Teter and Kelly Clark in Vancouver.
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USA Today Sports
8/14
8. Shaun's get twisted
Shaun White won his second consecutive Olympic gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Games, uncorking a brand new trick during his victory lap - the double McTwist 1260. Four years later, it's still one of the most difficult tricks being done in the halfpipe and remains a staple of White's runs.
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USA Today Sports
9/14
9. I-Pod shuffles up
Switzerland's Iouri Podladtchikov has been one of Shaun White's closest competitors in recent years. In March 2013, the man known as "I-Pod" landed the first cab double cork 1440 in a halfpipe contest, a trick which he dubbed the "YOLO Flip," at European Winter X Games. A two-time Olympian, Podladtchikov finished 4th at the 2010 Vancouver Games.
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Alli Sports
10/14
10. Halfpipe's rising son
With massive airs and a quiet persona, 15 year-old Japanese phenom Ayumu Hirano is expected to challenge the halfpipe dominance of Shaun White, possibly as soon as this season. Hirano's accomplishments over the past year have included wins at the Burton European Open and August's FIS World Cup event in New Zeland, as well as a 2nd-place finish at Winter X Games.
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