Tidbits from the halfpipe
White had already secured the win when nobody in the second run matched his first-run score of 46.8. He did a straight air, a crippler and a 720 before reverting to three surfer-hitting-waves moves on his last three trips up the wall on his victory lap.
“I just started to have some fun,” White said. “Normally I drop in and do another (winning run), but then I thought, ‘This is the Olympics. I’ll try to do some sprays.’ I thought about just riding straight down to live it up, but I wanted to get some airs.”
Truckee’s Andy Finch went huge on his second hit in the pipe and slammed his board down squarely on the lip (apparently breaking it) and fell on top of the wall. He took another hit and fell in the middle of the pipe. His second run was nearly flawless until he butt-checked after the last hit and ended up in 12th.
“I just hit the coping of the halfpipe and broke my board and front binding,” Finch said. “That kind of thing happens usually when you’re going big. You break stuff.”
Mason Aguirre barely missed the podium, taking fourth place while Finnish rider Markku Koski took the Olympic bronze.
“Representing the USA here was fantastic,” Aguirre said. “The judges do the best they can. I did the best I could. I have to respect them and keep training.”