First-time jitters were nowhere to be seen on Tuesday when the United States, Canada and France skied to victory in the Winter Olympics‘ inaugural men’s freestyle skiing halfpipe event.
As a heavy snow fell — partially blocking the crowd’s view of the athletes – each skier was still able to catch air, slide down towering walls and slither his way down the icy halfpipe with admirable success.
U.S. hopefuls David Wise and Torin Yater-Wallace were the favorites going into the qualifying rounds, but Justin Dorey of Canada grabbed the lead with a score of 91.6 and Wise placed second.
Meanwhile, Yater-Wallace — considered one of the best halfpipe skiers in the world — failed to advance after fumbling in both his qualification runs.
With Yater-Wallace out of the race, Dorey and Wise went head-to-head in the finals round. After wrecking on his first run (curse you, terrible weather!), Dorsey rebounded a bit his second time around. But the Canadian’s recovery wasn’t enough against Wise who, despite taking a fall during one of his last runs, earned a whopping high score of 92.
In the end, Wise took the gold, with Canada’s Mike Riddle receiving silver and Kevin Rolland of France winning bronze.
What was your favorite moment from Tuesday’s coverage of the games? Did you catch the action in the men’s snowboard cross? What about when Slovenia’s Tina Maze nabbed her second gold of the games in the giant slalom? And can anyone stop the Netherlands when it comes to speedskating? Sound off in the comments!Follow @classyjgalassi