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US Takes Gold in Skiing Halfpipe

Daivd Wise soars while world's top-ranked skiier disappoints

(Newser) - David Wise won the gold medal in the Olympic debut of halfpipe skiing today, cutting through heavy snow to easily outclass the field. The 23-year-old American scored a 92 on his first run through the halfpipe clogged by wet, soggy rain and snow all night. Mike Riddle of Canada took... More »

Snowboarders: Sochi Halfpipe Is a Mess

Officials working on the problem as competition gets under way

(Newser) - Snowboarders in Sochi have been raising serious concerns about the state of the Olympic halfpipe, the scene of actual competition today: "Everyone is not happy right now," 2006 US gold medalist Hannah Teter told the Washington Post after yesterday's practice. But that hasn't stopped the event... More »

Aussie Torah Bright Takes Halfpipe

Wipeouts fell competitors, including American Hannah Teter

(Newser) - Under pressure after falling on her first run, Australian snowboarder Torah Bright strung five technically superior jumps together on her second attempt and landed them all, propelling her to a gold medal in the women's halfpipe tonight at the Vancouver Olympics. Bright, 23, scored 45 points to defeat defending champion... More »

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