US takes Gold, Silver in World Champs halfpipe


David Wise and Torin Yater-Wallace boosted ahead of the tough competition to win halfpipe gold and silver at the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships.

Wise and Yater-Wallace put down solid first runs that couldn’t be topped, landing them on the podium just 0.6 points apart.

Tuesday was Wise’s first World Champs win after placing fourth in 2009 and 2011 in Japan and Park City.

“It was one of the most exciting finals we’ve seen all year,” said Wise. “I was going towards the end of the start list and it was so fun to watch everyone drop in and throw down some amazing runs – it was cool to be a part of it. I was excited to see all the guys and watch their runs.”

Yater-Wallace attempted a double 1080 in his second run, which could have put him in position for gold, but he didn’t land it. Tuesday was only Yater-Wallace’s fourth competition back after a shoulder injury; he placed second at X Games, first in Sochi, second at the Park City Grand Prix and now second at Norway.

“Torin had one of the best runs I’ve ever seen him do,” said Wise. “It is such an honor to be a part of such a cool sport, where everyone is throwing down so many incredible runs and compete with the best athletes in the world. It’s an even bigger honor to have the World Champ title because it’s something I will always have. I set a goal of the run I wanted to do and didn’t hold anything back and I am thrilled this all came together for me.”

The win gave Wise the extra 141 points to overtake teammate Yater-Wallace in the AFP halfpipe World Rankings.

U.S. Freeskiing rookie athlete Aaron Blunck finished sixth after a hard crash on his second run. Blunck is having a standout season, using his amplitude and execution to get consistent results.

Simon Dumont finished eighth and is still skiing on two broken wrists and without ski poles.

In women’s halfpipe, Angeli Vanlaanen finished sixth, the top spot for U.S. women. Switzerland’s Virgine Faivre took the gold medal for women. Maddie Bowman did not compete after she sustained a fall in training and didn’t feel up to qualifiers.

Results
World Ski Championships
Men’s Halfpipe

Rank Bib    Name Year Nation Result
 1  2 WISE David  1990  USA   96.2
 2  1 YATER-WALLACE Torin  1995  USA   95.6
 3  4 KRIEF Thomas  1993  FRA   94.2
 4  3 RIDDLE Mike  1986  CAN   89.2
 5  10 KEMPPAINEN Antti-Jussi  1989  FIN   86.8
 6  5 BLUNCK Aaron  1996  USA   84.2
 7  6 ROLLAND Kevin  1989  FRA   80.8
 8  12 DUMONT Simon  1986  USA   78.4
 9  18 D-ARTOIS Simon  1992  CAN   76.8
 10  7 BOWMAN Noah  1992  CAN   76.2
 11  11 MARGETTS Matt  1988  CAN   65.2
 12  8 POLLET-VILLARD Joffrey  1992  FRA   32.2
 13  37 WELLS Beau-James  1995  NZL   77.8
 14  16 CROOK Peter  1993  IVB   76.00
 15  21 LINDSTAD Jon Anders  1994  NOR   73.8
 16  20 SHEEHAN Lyndon  1988  NZL   72.2
 17  15 ILIANO Frederick  1996  SUI   71.2
 18  22 BUCHAN Murray  1991  GBR   68.8
 19  9 WELLS Josiah  1990  NZL   66.6
 20  23 NARITA Gurimu  1994  JPN   62.8
 21  25 ATKINSON Kristopher  1991  CAN   61.00
 22  26 NABOKIKH Pavel  1989  RUS   57.8
 23  33 SPEIGHT Peter  1992  GBR   56.2
 24  17 TERADA Kiyoshi  1984  JPN   51.4
 25  32 NAJDENOV Nikolaj  1984  BUL   49.4
 26  27 KORDYUK Petr  1992  RUS   48.8
 27  31 CHRISTEN Marc  1992  LIE   47.00
 28  13 TSUDA Kentaro  1983  JPN   45.4
 29  30 GLEBOV Artem  1987  RUS   42.4
 30  24 KIM Kwang-Jin  1995  KOR   40.00
 31  28 KAISER Markus  1978  LIE   38.6
 32  19 LAUPER Nils  1982  SUI   25.4
 33  34 LIKETSOS Konstantinos  1982  GRE   19.00

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