The men’s halfpipe final is going on right now in Sochi, and through the first run, here’s the leaderboard:
Ayumu Hirano (JPN) 1st, Yiwei Zhang (CHN) 2nd & Iouri Podladtchiko (SUI) in 3rd.
You’ll notice that neither Shaun White nor his countryman Danny Davis are in there. Both of the medal-favorited Americans had bad first runs (Shaun White almost cracked his board in half when he hit the lip of the pipe, see above) which means they’ll need big second runs to capture glory.
Here are the two big falls on White’s first run (via BI Sports):
UPDATE, 1:11 PM ET: Podladtchikov had a fantastic second run:
— Skyler Wilder (@NorthWestWilder) February 11, 2014
Here’s that double cork 1440:
This means White, and any other rider for that matter, will have to beat a 94.75 — a tall order.
1:15 PM ET: The Swiss are killing it right now. David Habluetzel grabbed an 88.5 to take third place.
1:18 PM ET: Danny Davis was having a killer second run before falling on his final trick. The X-Games gold medalist won’t medal in Sochi.
1:23 PM ET: Taku Hiraoka jumped into second with a 92.25.
1:30 PM ET: Shaun White didn’t medal! His second run wasn’t clean enough to beat the top three scores, landing him in fourth:
Iouri Podladtchikov (@iouriamazing) is your 2014 Olympic gold medalist! Japan cleans up the podium with Ayumu taking silver, Taku bronze.
— Shawn Smith (@theshawnsmith) February 11, 2014
White backed out of the slopestyle event to focus on halfpipe, where he’d won two straight gold medals. It’s a major disappointment for him to come away without hardware.