Hirano, James just short in epic men’s halfpipe final
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Ayumu Hirano already has an Olympic silver medal back home in Japan. The budding snowboarding superstar didn't plan on leaving Phoenix Snow Park with another one.
Yet it happened anyway because Shaun White happened, as he tends to do with the world watching.
Shaun White just fine with upping ante on Olympic halfpipe
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Shaun White sat on the couch at home and watched history's best halfpipe contest unfold.
He's planning on making the next contest — the one where they hand out the Olympic gold medal — an even better show.
Japanese snowboarder has tricks, height for Olympic gold
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — His first name, loosely translated into English, means "Walk the Dream ." No wonder, then, that back home in Japan, expectations soar nearly as high as snowboarder Ayumu Hirano's jumps above the halfpipe.
White finishes third in a head-scratching Olympic qualifier
COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. (AP) — Two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White says he walked away a bit puzzled after a third-place finish in the opening Olympic qualifier for the Americans on the halfpipe.
White scored 89.25 points Saturday on a clean run that included a front-double 1400 jump and his signature Double McTwist 1260, but still finished behind American Ben Ferguson and the winner, 2014 Olympic silver medalist Ayumu Hirano of Japan.