Winter Olympics: Scotty James and Shaun White have set up a monumental final of the Men’s Halfpipe, after a ridiculous day of qualifying.
THE scene is set for the greatest half-pipe showdown the Winter Olympics has seen with Australia’s Scotty James going for gold against Shaun White and Ayumu Hirano.
Much has been made of the trio heading into the PyeongChang Games with bitter debates about perfect scores, skewed judging and technique v technicality. But that was cast aside on Tuesday afternoon as the three best riders in the sport laid down markers for the big show.
WHAT: Men’s half-pipe final
WHEN: 12:30pm (AEDT)
WHERE: PyeonChang, South Korea
TV: Ch 7 watch live here
James from Warrandyte – who fired up much of the debate by questioning White’s perfect 100 from a World Cup meet last month before bemoaning some of the scores he received – eased into qualification position with an 89-point first run.
He turned it on with the second.
Laying on some of his bigger tricks including frontside and backside 1260s, the Victorian raised the bar and took the qualifying lead with a score of 96.75. Two-time Olympic gold medallist eight-times X Games half-pipe winner White was up to the challenge.
His second run also included back-to-back 1260s and with his amplitude (air) he was able to score a 98.5.
Who will stand atop of the podium this afternoon?
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