Sochi Olympics 2014 Men’s Half-Pipe Semis & Finals Live Stream: Shaun White Guns For Third Gold: Preview, Schedule & Results
- Onchie Ebriega
- Feb 11, 2014 09:20 AM EST
American legend Shaun White is all set to defend his title as he takes on the world's best snowboarders in Tuesday's men's half-pipe snowboarding finals at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
White, who won the half-pipe competition in Turin and Vancouver, will gun for a triple, but the road to glory will be harder this time around as his compatriot Danny Davis and 15-year-old Japanese prodigy Ayumu Hirano will try to steal the show from the man dubbed as the Flying Tomato.
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"He's so light, he floats on top of the bumps, Iouri's been riding really well today. [American] Greg Bretz took today off, but he's been riding well, too," Davis said of Hirano.
Meanwhile, Davis is fresh off victories at the Mammoth Grand Prix and the Winter X Games, but he has to pull out every trick in the book to beat the hands-down favorite in White. Moreover, Davis also complained about the condition of the half-pipe, which could be a big factor in the competition.
"It's so hard to ride switch through the flat bottom in this pipe, for me," Davis said after Monday night's practice via ESPN. "We're all going to have to change up our runs."
The Seventh Wonder
For the first time in Olympic history, the Sochi Games will feature the longest half-pipe ever, which is believed to be long enough for snowboarders to do a seventh hit.
"The halfpipe in Sochi is the longest in history, long enough for an extra hit at the bottom. Most contest halfpipes are long enough to allow for five to six hits (tricks), with six being the standard. In the Sochi pipe, there's room for seven, but not all riders will choose to add a seventh hit to their run. It will be interesting to see how the judges respond to those who do," ESPN reported.
Live Streaming, Schedule & Results
The Men's Half-Pipe Semifinal will start at 10 a.m. EST for the first run and 10:34 a.m. EST for the second run. The Men's Half-Pipe Medal round will begin at 12:30 p.m. EST for the first run and 10:59 a.m. EST for the second run.