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Feb 18, 2014

American Wise is first halfpipe champion

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – American David Wise was forced to downgrade his routine but still shone brightly in a Sochi snowstorm to become the first men’s freestyle skiing halfpipe Olympic champion on Tuesday.

The skiers were unable to unleash the acrobatics they are capable of as the persistent snow made for atrocious conditions but Wise nailed his first run of the night to record a score of 92.00 that none of his rivals was able to overhaul.

Feb 18, 2014

Olympics-Freestyle-American Wise is first halfpipe champion

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 18 (Reuters) – American David Wise was forced to downgrade his routine but still shone brightly in a Sochi snowstorm to become the first men’s freestyle skiing halfpipe Olympic champion on Tuesday.

The skiers were unable to unleash the acrobatics they are capable of as the persistent snow made for atrocious conditions but Wise nailed his first run of the night to record a score of 92.00 that none of his rivals was able to overhaul.

Feb 18, 2014

Wounded knee helped me to gold, says Vaultier

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Frenchman Pierre Vaultier thinks riding with a damaged anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee might actually have helped him win Olympic gold in the snowboard cross on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old suffered the injury many athletes fear the most in a World Cup race in Lake Louise two months ago but on Tuesday, competing with a brace on the joint, claimed his country’s first Olympic title in the event.

Feb 18, 2014

Olympics-Snowboarding-Wounded knee helped me to gold, says Vaultier

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Frenchman Pierre Vaultier thinks riding with a damaged anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee might actually have helped him win Olympic gold in the snowboard cross on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old suffered the injury many athletes fear the most in a World Cup race in Lake Louise two months ago but on Tuesday, competing with a brace on the joint, claimed his country’s first Olympic title in the event.

Feb 18, 2014

Vaultier edges Olyunin to take cross gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – France’s Pierre Vaultier won a thrilling final duel with Russian Nikolay Olyunin to clinch the men’s snowboard cross gold medal at the Sochi Olympics on Tuesday.

Racing through heavy rain as well as the fog that had caused the postponement of the event on Monday, the Frenchman edged ahead of his Russian rival over the last two jumps to take the title.

Feb 18, 2014

Snowboarding: Vaultier edges Olyunin to take cross gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – France’s Pierre Vaultier won a thrilling final duel with Russian Nikolay Olyunin to clinch the men’s snowboard cross gold medal at the Sochi Olympics on Tuesday.

Racing through heavy rain as well as the fog that had caused the postponement of the event on Monday, the Frenchman edged ahead of his Russian rival over the last two jumps to take the title.

Feb 18, 2014

Olympics-Snowboarding-Vaultier edges Olyunin to take cross gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 18 (Reuters) – France’s Pierre Vaultier won a thrilling final duel with Russian Nikolay Olyunin to clinch the men’s snowboard cross gold medal at the Sochi Olympics on Tuesday.

Racing through heavy rain as well as the fog that had caused the postponement of the event on Monday, the Frenchman edged ahead of his Russian rival over the last two jumps to take the title.

Feb 17, 2014

Stunning Kushnir wins aerials for Belarus

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Anton Kushnir of Belarus produced a stunning final jump to run away with the freestyle skiing aerials gold medal by an astonishing 24.09 points at the Sochi Olympics on Monday.

The 29-year-old soared into the night sky at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, twisting and somersaulting to nail a back-double-full-full-double-full routine with the second jump of the super-final.

Feb 17, 2014

Olympics-Freestyle-Stunning Kushnir wins aerials for Belarus

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Anton Kushnir of Belarus produced a stunning final jump to run away with the freestyle skiing aerials gold medal by an astonishing 24.09 points at the Sochi Olympics on Monday.

The 29-year-old soared into the night sky at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, twisting and somersaulting to nail a back-double-full-full-double-full routine with the second jump of the super-final.

Feb 16, 2014

Bright puts it all on the line for Sochi feat

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Smiling snowboarder Torah Bright will be going home from the Sochi Olympics not only with a silver medal but also the satisfaction of having proved a lot of people wrong.

The Australian finished 18th in the snowboard cross at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Sunday, having achieved the unprecedented feat of competing in all three Olympic snowboard events.

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