Shaun White, a ‘Little Nervous,’ Impresses in Halfpipe Qualifying
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Shaun White, the snowboarding legend, looked to be in top form, scoring the best run of qualifying from the halfpipe event on Tuesday.
White was the 2006 along with 2010 halfpipe winner, nevertheless a disappointing fourth four years ago.
White, 31, scored a 93.25 on his first qualifying run, best of the field, virtually clinching qualification for the final.
“Oddly enough, I was a little nervous,” White said. “There’s such a build-up to get to the Olympics. People forget you have to qualify. I still had to put which run down. in order which took the pressure along with the edge off.”
White’s run included a frontside double cork 1080 along using a double mctwist 1260.
nevertheless two various other boarders by a younger generation surpassed him in their second runs. Ayumu Hirano of Japan, 19, who many consider the most dangerous opponent for White, had a best score of 95.25. Hirano can be noted for being the first man to land back-to-back 1440s. Then Scotty James of Australia, 23, the two-time world champion who has said the judges unduly favor White, put up a 96.75.
While White was already safely in Wednesday’s final, he did not play which safe on his second run, topping both Harano along with James using a near-perfect 98.50. He got three 99s along with three 98s by the six judges.
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