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Feb 13, 2014

Stoked shredders hope sweep inspires Team USA

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Slopestyle skiiers are the newest members of Team USA but Nick Goepper and his fellow shredders are hoping their podium sweep on the sport’s Olympic debut might inspire Americans in more traditional winter sports.

A slow start to the Games for the United States has caused some disquiet back home after the likes of halfpipe snowboarder Shaun White failed to back up their favorites’ tags in the first week of action in Sochi.

Feb 13, 2014

Olympics-Freestyle-Stoked shredders hope sweep inspires Team USA

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Slopestyle skiiers are the newest members of Team USA but Nick Goepper and his fellow shredders are hoping their podium sweep on the sport’s Olympic debut might inspire Americans in more traditional winter sports.

A slow start to the Games for the United States has caused some disquiet back home after the likes of halfpipe snowboarder Shaun White failed to back up their favourites’ tags in the first week of action in Sochi.

Feb 13, 2014

Olympics-Freestyle-’America, we did it!’ Christensen leads US sweep

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Joss Christensen led a United States podium sweep in spectacular fashion to win the first Olympic gold medal in men’s slopestyle skiing at the Sochi Games on Thursday.

Another bumper crowd at Extreme Park were treated to a thrilling display of acrobatics as the freestyle skiers pushed their routines to the limits against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains and blue skies.

Feb 12, 2014

Farrington edges field of champions in halfpipe

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – American Kaitlyn Farrington stunned three former champions to win the Olympic gold medal in the women’s snowboarding halfpipe by the narrowest of margins at the Sochi Games on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old nailed her second run to score 91.75 and claim the title ahead of Australia’s defending champion Torah Bright, who was awarded 91.50 for her second effort.

Feb 12, 2014

Olympics-Snowboarding-Farrington edges field of champions in halfpipe

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 12 (Reuters) – American Kaitlyn Farrington stunned three former champions to win the Olympic gold medal in the women’s snowboarding halfpipe by the narrowest of margins at the Sochi Games on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old nailed her second run to score 91.75 and claim the title ahead of Australia’s defending champion Torah Bright, who was awarded 91.50 for her second effort.

Feb 12, 2014

White’s flop may give a lift to boarding

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – While much of America mourns the fallibility of one of its biggest Sochi medal hopes, there are more than a few snowboarders who view Shaun White’s failure to win a third straight Olympic gold as a positive for the sport.

White has become the face of the X Games-inspired sports that have reinvigorated the Winter Olympics since he won halfpipe gold as a teenager in Turin and retained his title in Vancouver four years later.

Feb 12, 2014

Olympics-Snowboarding-White’s flop may give a lift to boarding

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 12 (Reuters) – While much of America mourns the fallibility of one of its biggest Sochi medal hopes, there are more than a few snowboarders who view Shaun White’s failure to win a third straight Olympic gold as a positive for the sport.

White has become the face of the X Games-inspired sports that have reinvigorated the Winter Olympics since he won halfpipe gold as a teenager in Turin and retained his title in Vancouver four years later.

Feb 11, 2014

Pep talk from dad spurs Podladtchikov to gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Iouri Podladtchikov said a ticking off from his dad provided the spark that led to him snatching Shaun White’s halfpipe title in one of biggest upsets of the Sochi Olympics on Tuesday.

The Russian-born Swiss snowboarder has a repertoire of tricks almost on a par with the American twice Olympic champion but has often shown an inability to pull them off on the big stage.

Feb 11, 2014

Olympics-Snowboarding-Pep talk from dad spurs Podladtchikov to gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Iouri Podladtchikov said a ticking off from his dad provided the spark that led to him snatching Shaun White’s halfpipe title in one of biggest upsets of the Sochi Olympics on Tuesday.

The Russian-born Swiss snowboarder has a repertoire of tricks almost on a par with the American twice Olympic champion but has often shown an inability to pull them off on the big stage.

Feb 11, 2014

‘I-Pod’ stuns White to win halfpipe gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Iouri “I-Pod” Podladtchikov nailed the run of a lifetime to win the halfpipe gold for Switzerland at the Sochi Games on Tuesday and bring a stunning end to Shaun White’s eight-year reign as Olympic champion.

One of the only riders who can match American White in the complexity of his tricks, the Russian-born boarder put together an electrifying display under the lights at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park to earn 94.75 points.

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