Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Podladtchikov Wins Gold in Men's Halfpipe


Swiss snowboarder "iPod" Iouri Podladtchikov produced one of the big upsets of the Olympics as he dethroned superstar Shaun White to win men's snowboard halfpipe gold Today.
It was the first time ever, that the so far leading halfpipe nation USA came away empty-handed while Russian born Swiss rider Iouri Podladtchikov claimed the first ever Olympic halfpipe medal for his home country after Gian Simmen had secured Gold in Nagano 1998.
Japanese riders Ayumu Hirano, the youngest Olympic medalist in snow events with 15 years and 74 days as well as 18-year-old Taku Hiraoka rounded out the podium as second and third thus making the land of the rising sun proud with the first ever Olympic snowboard medals.
'iPod', who had competed for Russia in 2006 (Torino, 37th) before placing fourth for Switzerland in 2010 (Vancouver), nailed an astonishing five-hit run consisting of a huge backside air to frontside 540, double mc twist, frontside 1080 and a super clean cab double cork 1440 his so-called signature trick Yolo flip (acronym for you only live once) to finish things off.
The reigning FIS Snowboard World Champion, who had to take the detour through the semi finals after getting slowly into the contest, earned 94.75 for his killer run and thus set the bar to high for the rest of the 12-head pack.
"It's hot, cool and it's fucking mine", Podladtchikov exclaimed after the finals, using a play on words of the "hot, cool, yours" motto at Sochi 2014. "My mindset was definitely to go for it. I mean, going for whatever. I kinda got a low score in my first run. I thought, 'I could do this. I feel more alive than ever. It's beautiful to hear people cheering in my mother language. It's insane. Shaun was the first to congratulate me; we're friends now".
Japanese wunderkind Hirano, who was sitting in first after run one of the finals, came close with 93.50 for his second run but couldn't edge off the 25-year-old from Zurich.
And also 2013 World Champs Silver medalist Hiraoka couldn't get higher than 92.25.

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