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Olympic men's Halfpipe Semi-Final - Live Blog as it happened

13:48 11th February 2014 by Andrew Duthie
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Welcome to Whitelines‘ live blog of the 2014 Winter Olympics men’s halfpipe semi-final in Sochi. We’ll be kicking off at 3pm GMT on Tuesday 11th February, commenting on all the action as it happens. Read our complete guide to the Olympic halfpipe here.

Here’s how the halfpipe semi-final works:

  • 6 riders have qualified from each of the two qualification heats.
  • The 12 riders will have two runs each, with their highest score counting.
  • The 6 highest-scoring riders from each heat will advance straight to the final (5.30pm GMT), where they’ll meet the 6 automatic qualifiers in a 12-man event.

Watch the coverage on the BBC Red Button, or on BBC Online. Get involved by leaving comments, or by hitting us up on Twitter (@whitelinesmag) or Facebook using the hashtag #BackTheBrits.

 

Tuesday February 11, 2014

Duthie:
Hello, and weclome to men’s halfpipe semi-final live blog. We’ll be getting underway just before 3pm. In the meantime, leave your comments and we’ll publish the best ones during the competition.
2:22
Tania

#HAM #stadium in #rosakhutor #extreme park #halfpipe #competition #sunset #sochi2014
2:22

Jamie Nicholls@jamienichollsuk

This hat is pretty amazing! #selfie #Sochi2014 #bighat pic.twitter.com/fFRCFwZhTJ

Duthie:
And there’s that music – the semi-finals will be underway any minute now.
2:55

Jen Norris@JeN_Dubz

Making me choose between #teamgb #lovecurling and #halfpipe final is mean. #bbcSochi

Sam:
No choice surely?

Duthie:
Ben Kilner was unfortunate in qualifying, it just didn’t work out for him. He’s now in the commentary box with Ed Leigh.
2:57

Nate Wilcox@NateWilcox

High hopes for #ShaunWhite today. Wish I could watch! Go big or go home (as long as you don’t have a serious injury of course) #fb

Sciortino Giuliano@Giuliano1922

@USOlympic @NBCOlympics @shaun_white ESCAPE VELOCITY!!! #USA #OLYMPICS#HALFPIPE #FLYINGTOMATO pic.twitter.com/ozAPrAmBWM

Comment From the woods
getting hard for this
2:58
Samantha?

Well done boys ?? @travelindan @gregbretzz #sochi2014 #olympics #mens #halfpipe #teamUSA #ilikesnowboardersokay #fightme
2:58

Duthie:
And so’s Dom Harington! He was so close to putting down his run, before he bailed right at the bottom.
2:58
Kirill Umrikhin

????? ?????? ??????? ??? ???????? ?? ?????? ????? ? ????? ?? ???? ??? ?????? ????????. ???? ????? ?????????????, ?? ? ?????? ????? ???????? ? ??? ?????? ?? ???? ??????????? #juicyblog #travel #extreme #snowboarding #halfpipe #winterolympicgames #sochi2014 #sochi #rosakhutor #nikond4 @nikonrussia
2:58

Duthie:
Jan Scherrer won’t start – he’s taken a big slam in training. Will he be replaced?
2:59

Silvia Mittermüller@SilviaMittermul

Most fun to watch @theDDeadshow in these #Olympic #halfpipe qualifiers. Best handplant of the Olympics. Possibly the only one. #ThankYou

Duthie:
Johann Baisam, Run 1. The Frenchman dropping in…
3:00

Duthie:
And he takes a slam in the middle of his run. Front 10 nose grab, but then landed on the top of the wall.
3:01

Sam:
Seamus O’Connor, hoping for the luck o’ the Irish now. run 1
3:02

Duthie:
The pipe already sounds firmer. There’s still hope for a triple cork in the final…
3:03

Sam:
Dropping, bs air, crippler, bs 5, front 10 tail, cab 7, tanks very much
3:03

Sam:
Gets him a 54 for his efforts
3:03

Duthie:
iPod next up! Iouri Podlatchikov from Switerland had a lot to prove after a sketchy qualifying.
3:04
b1ueberry_cake

Amazing show for today! Men’s halfpipe in #sochi2014 3 riders from Russia wich I really proud of! My friend Pavel Kharitonov, Nikita Avtaneev and Sergey Tarasov, and Iouri Podladtchikov riding for Switzerland, and of course, unbelievable riders, Shaun White and Danny Davis!!! No comments! It is so hot in here!!!? Semifinal is coming!!! #vsco #vscocam #snowboard #halfpipe
3:04

Sam:
You only live twice after all
3:04

Let’s just make every pic a method shall we? No?
3:05

Duthie:
Method, front 9, back 9, front 10, double cork, and crippler. He will be in the final for sure – and he might land something even better in the next run.
3:05

Ed:
He’s very upright as he spins, hard to see how he’s able to reach that tail sometimes.
3:05

Duthie:
87.50 – that’s the one to beat.
3:06

Sam:
Greg Bretz now, trying to join his compatriots in the finals
3:06

Sam:
Looking a bit like Morph in the start gates, cheers Ed
3:06

iPod should be safe with that, you’d think.
3:06

Sam:
Dub cork to start, into another, two nines, two tens. Bam.
3:07

Ed:
The pipe definitely comes alive under floodlights. Especially after the flat light we were peering through earlier.
3:07

Duthie:
Nathan Johnstone from Australia is up next. The first of two Aussies. Here we go, Run 1…
3:08

Sam:
83.00 for Bretz, iPod is still large and in charge
3:08

Greg gets his head down
3:08
Magnus

Ser på Og Lignende #halfpipe #semifinal #olsochi #mac #selfie
3:08

Sam:
Cool!

Duthie:
Oooft. Lands his first double cork quite far down the wall, and completely messes up his next hit. He looks annoyed.
3:09

Ed:
Don’t know about you lot but I’m looking forward to another chance to see Kent Callister’s epic backside air on the first hit…
3:10

Sam:
Wancheng Shi getting ready to drop, could he be the new bull in a china shop amongst the medal contenders
3:10

Ed:
The only Shi in this men’s semi final.
3:10

Sam:
Front seven to start but comes down super hard on the flat top. Bam!
3:11

Sam:
Next up, best method in the game?
3:11

Jacqueline Grimes@jackieg62192

It’s so easy to see how terrible the pipe is. All of the riders are struggling so hard to maintain speed#olympics #halfpipe

Eva (2 Olympics)@eva_arsenal

Gregory Bretz. Cute. Spectacular. I approve. #snowboard #halfpipe #Sochi2014

jonny amerika@garciaholmes69

#shaunwhite is a fucking pussy

Ed:
You’re only allowed to say that when you’ve gone 20 feet out of 22-foot wall of ice, Jonny.

Duthie:
Now it’s Method Man, aka Kent Callister. What’s his secret? Yoga? Get ready for the best air that the pipe’s seen so far…
3:13

Duthie:
Third from three runs… it’s just immense. The rest of the run came together, but he fell on the very last hit. We hope he’ll get to the final though – another 2 chances to see the meth!
3:14

Sam:
Tim-Kevin Ravnjak next, hopefully avoiding Ed’s halfpipe tractor beam.
3:14

Duthie:
49.25 for Kent.
3:15

Showing off the Jamie Lynn artwork.
3:15

Sam:
Who made the Slovenian national uniform camo? Sinister…
3:15

roooo@amarooso

LOVED BBC slopestyle boarding commentary@ wkend. I knew nothing about the sport but their enthusiasm infectious, boo 2 the grumps #bbcsochi

Sam:
Dropping, big front 10, cab 9, cab 9, front 5 and a front 7. Safety run?
3:16

Comment From Ieuan Jehu
The BBC sucks balls. Where’s the freaking coverage!!!!
3:16

Sam:
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=bbc halfpipe coverage

Duthie:
Now it’s the USA’s Taylor Gold. His sister, Arielle, is competing in tomorrow’s female event. One talented family.
3:17

Duthie:
After two big, big hits, he washes out in the flat. The pipe’s still not perfect, even though it’s improved.
3:17

Taylor Gold pops his heart in his mouth.
3:18

Duthie:
26.00 for him – one chance left for Taylor.
3:18

Sam:
Sorry kel, we can’t share pirate links
3:19

Sam:
Arthur Longo now, looking to do it for France.
3:19

Sam:
That first hit was a Longo shot… Not sticking it
3:20

Duthie:
Ar thur any chances of Longo making the final now?
3:20

Sam:
Only three riders putting down a proper score, but not too many grumbles about the pipe now
3:20

Dorien

#sochi #sochi2014 #snowboarding #halfpipe
3:21

Duthie:
Chinese snowboarder Zhang Yiwei is last to drop for Run 1.
3:21

Jamie Fox@jamiefox1

This is going to shock you. Thinking about blowing out SW & the #halfpipe and going to support Russia’s #curling team pic.twitter.com/ZQmh1k79BN

Ed:
Live curling blog anyone?

Amanda Engel

I’ve been waiting for years for this night! #shaunwhite#sochi2014 #winterolympics#olympics #halfpipe#snowboarding #instapic#picoftheday
3:21

Sam:
What did you do to El Blanco?!

Duthie:
China Crisis! He bails towards the bottom of the pipe.
3:22

Sam:
Tindy wizard crippled by the crippler
3:22

Duthie:
Ed Leigh explaining the finer points of ‘overcooking’ there.
3:22

Ed:
The only Wei is up buddy
3:22

Duthie:
Weeeeeiii, that was good.
3:22

Sam:
Zhang Liwei, China’s Danny Way?
3:23

Wei to go!
3:23

Sam:
So after the first runs there’s still only been three ‘proper’ scores put down. Hopefully we’ll see six complete runs making it into the finals
3:24

Allez les bleu? Or are these the official adidas Team GB flags?
3:24

Shouta Okutsu

???? #ShaunWhite #halfpipe
3:25

Sam:
Did this take four years to upload?

Cooro Snow-Fox@CooroSnowFox

Yay BBC2 Snowboarding #BBCSochi

John Fedor@jfedor21

Looks like this #halfpipe is just as bad as everyone is saying #bottomout #Sochi2014#SochiProblems #snowboarding

Alistair MacLellan@aiMacLellan

Round one of the #halfpipe semi-final is over and so far I think half the riders could not complete all their elements-final should be nuts!

Jacob Sochistrom@jakesundstrom

Not very many clean runs in this first run of the semis. #halfpipe

Calum Williamson@scarfgod

ok snow and hail in glasgow fuck off to #Sochi please; they appear to need it more #halfpipe#skiing #snowboard

Laaaaaauren ?@_LaurennIrish

Watching the Winter Olympics has made me want to go Snowboarding! ? ? #Sochi2014#bbcsochi

Ed:
There’s that Olympic legacy again.

Sam:
Johann Baisamy will be dropping foist again. Gogo Jojo!
3:26

Sam:
Or as Sage would say, ‘foist foist foist!’
3:27

Coral Bale@Reefgirl

Is it getting foggy out there #biathlon #bbcsochi

Ed:
Wahay! We found the only biathlon fan on twitter.

Andrew Teixeira@ATEIXEIRAPR

Did anyone really ever doubt @shaun_white - He’s a machine! #USA #Sochi2014#Snowboarding #halfpipe

Ed:
He ain’t won it yet.

Steve Goodair@stevegoodair

@BBCSport @SnowEdLeigh @skigrahambell wonder why ski ballet never took on, they trailed it in ’85 #bbcsochi youtube.com/watch?v=Awkqte…

Ed:
There’s great clip here… http://whitelines.com/videos/wltv/friday-find-ski-ballet-nuff.html

Comment From MikkiFinn
Bbc aren’t showing the semis- total joke. I don’t want to watch the sodding curling
3:28

Sam:
They definitely are: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/live/winter-olympics/25886926

Comment From luga
Why isn’t it live on the BBC website?!
3:28

Sam:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/live/winter-olympics/25886926

Comment From Gbow
Not on bbc! Even with your link
3:28

Sam:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/live/winter-olympics/25886926

Pericles@Snowboard_P

The Chinese and Japanese snowboarders are killing it!!!! #olympics #sochi2014 #halfpipe

Sports Insurance

#Repost from @usolympicteam with @repostapp
3:28
irishbarish

#halfpipe #snowboard ? #sochi2014 #????2014 ?????????
3:28

Amy Williams MBE@skeletonamy

Great atmosphere that’s gradually building towards the final men’s #HalfPipe last semi final about to start pic.twitter.com/DvdfF7BW8t

Peter Atkins@peter_4890

Dont know whats more entertaining. The halfpipe or the halfpipe commentary #bbcsochi both are unbelievable

Zury@ZuryC

That #halfpipe must be horrible because so many people are just eating the ice rather than completing the course. So sad #Sochi2014

Sam:
Don’t eat the yellow ice…

US Olympic Team@USOlympic

He’s getting ready for his 2nd run in the #halfpipe semis. Time for @gregbretzz to light it up!#GoTeamUSA #Sochi2014 pic.twitter.com/ZaMJDWUprz

Ed:
What do y’all make of those light-up boots?

Peter Harris@SpacePinkerton

@BBCSport Not sure who is in the Men’s halfpipe commentary team, but it’s absolutely amazing#bbcsochi #Sochi2014

Dan Edwards@danthesmuggler

“He’s left it in the oven and burnt the pudding!” #bbcsochi #snowboardsemi

France Olympique@FranceOlympique

Découvrez @Arthur_Longo, qualifié pour les 1/2 finales du #halfpipe #snowboardespritbleu.franceolympique.com/espritbleu/act… pic.twitter.com/7nCcjVCk0o

Duthie:
Homme dans le ciel

Maciej Jodko

#olympic #halfpipe #qualification #sochi2014 #dayoff
3:30

Daily Flo

#selfie with @shaunwhite on his way 2 #snowboarding #halfpipe @ #rosakhutor @sochi2014 OHMIGOD!!!
3:30

It’s got colder and that pipe does look a lot better. Wonder if they got the cutter on it in the break?
3:30

Half-pipe

A half-pipe is a structure used in gravity extreme sports such as snowboarding, skateboarding, skiing, freestyle BMX, and inline skating.
3:31

Sam:
Just in case this is completely over your head…

Duthie:
Second runs about to start – it’s make-or-break time of these 12 riders.
3:32

Sam:
Johann Baisamy again, let’s a gogo!
3:32

Ed:
A few of your reactions to THAT method by Kent Callister…
3:32

boards.lv

Ou Mi God!!!!!
3:32

Fearkiller Enzymatic

Love methods and fat backside airs ;)
3:32

Tomá? André Atrey

wow, great
3:33

Tim Silverthorn@tasmo3

Shaun White has a trick he calls the “yolo.” I have a death wish I call “the Shaun White.”#SochiProblems #2014sochi #ShaunWhite

Ed:
And your thoughts on Danny Davis aka The Dead Show aka The Dude, who went straight through to the final earlier…
3:34

Paul Daley

Danny – the true essence of boarding. And massive smile too.
3:34

GoPro
3:34

Sam:
Summer holidays

Sarah C Jones

Way to finish a run… pure class ?
3:34

Paul Lindsell

Danny is boss.
3:34

Charles Kelly

DD is the tits!
3:34

Pate Punk@RufusCarter

The Snowboarding commentary team #bbcsochi pic.twitter.com/d39RJHHe2s

Central Maine Orthopaedics

This is awesome, Shaun White makes a point to greet fans after his amazing halfpipe qualifying run. The fans were visiting the Olympics on a Make-a-Wish Trip, he surely made their time memorable.

3:35

Sam:
Run 2 underway, 1080 tail, haaken flip, front 9, back 9 and HE’S DOWN. Out of the games surely?
3:35
The Whistle

Can #ShaunWhite continue the USA streak of snowboarding gold medals? #USA #Snowboard #Sochi #Olympics #Halfpipe #FlyingTomato #SageKotsenberg #JamieAnderson #AMERICA
3:35

Duthie:
Famous Seamus O’Connor up next. After the Irishman’s huckfest in the slopestyle, we had a feeling HE could be the first to land the pipe triple….
3:35

The visual definition of gutted.
3:36

matthew barr@barrmatt

Can’t actually believe the state of that half pipe for the most high profile snowboarding event ever. Criminal.

Whitelines@whitelinesmag

@barrmatt Pretty nuts eh? But who’s to blame? The shapers or the guys who chose Sochi?

Duthie:
He started out by playing it safe, before opening up. Slam at the end though on a 1260. He’s in 4th at the moment, he might still make the final!
3:37

Duthie:
43.00 – he needs to hope three riders can’t get ahead of him.
3:38

Sam:
iPod! Game FACE
3:38

iPod looking to upgrade his OS
3:38

Duthie:
Will Pod cast his die? No, he’s playing it safe.
3:39

Sam:
Still in first but all the play for, BIG method to start and a bunch of style tricks with a back 3 slash to finish. Risky, he needs three people to stak their runs to definitely be through
3:40

That air to fakie from iPod was s-weeeeet!
3:40

Sam:
41.25, no surprises there
3:40

Duthie:
All Bretz are off – Gregory’s back on course. Run 2 for the American…
3:40
whitelinesmag

These lads are claiming iPod for Russia. That says “go iouri!” #wlsnow
3:40

Alexander Naumenko

?????? ???????? ?? ??????? ??????, ???? ????? ??????? ????! ????? ????????: ???? ?????)))) ?????? ?? ??? ??????) #sochi #halfpipe
3:41
NBC Olympics

Here is a close up of the #Halfpipe in #RosaKhutor after today’s events. Photo taken by @ishanin. #Sochi #Sochi2014 #Olympics #NBCOlympics
3:41

Gavin Flynn@FlynnGavin

Watching #Seamus O’Connor in the Winter Olympics, doing the country proud #Sochi2014#halfpipe

Ed:
Which country? ;)

Duthie:
Big front double cork, but cruising down the pipe now. He’s in 2nd, so five ridersw ould need to beat his first run score. He won’t be going home yet.
3:41

Duthie:
44.25 for Greg.
3:42

Sam:
Nate Johnstone coming up, he needs a decent score to progress
3:42

Greg Bretz styled out that slash!
3:43

Sam:
Slashing on a slash

Sam:
Scrappy stuff but it MIGHT just be enough to get him through
3:43

Sponsor pleaser. You’re welcome, Gigi.
3:44
Tommaso Mosole

#dannydavis #snowboard #sochi2014 #halfpipe #trick #olimpiadi #usa #martin
3:44

dayna prenger@daynaprenger

why are all snowboarders unnaturally good-looking #halfpipe

Ed:
It’s just in our genes.

Sam:
73.5, third place and a spot in the finals
3:44

Duthie:
It’s time for China’s Wancheng Shi. Has it all to do. Run 2 underway.
3:45

BBC News (UK)@BBCNews

Got #SochiProblems? Russians say: “Stop moaning and enjoy the games!” bbc.in/1ce9344#bbctrending #bbcsochi pic.twitter.com/dIcTSm0h4v

Ed:
The one on the right is really struggling to push something out.

Duthie:
Wanged a couple of nice hits, but it might not be enough. Shi-iiiiit, Clarence.
3:45

Duthie:
Is this the Chinese Year of the Tindy?
3:46

Sam:
Kent Callister, the Method Man. Screen grabs at the ready Ed.
3:46

Duthie:
78.50, he’s into 3rd!
3:46

Ed:
Yes Dom Harington! “Tindys are like wearing socks with sandals. You just can’t do it.”
3:47

Duthie:
Dom playing the TinDevil’s advocate there as well, saying it maybe shouldn’t be marked down – the other guys aren’t going along with it.
3:47

Sam:
That method just gets better and better, so want to see that in the final, sketched the backside 9 but could be enough
3:47

Duthie:
Aaaaaahhhhhh……
3:48

That is orgasmic.
3:48

Whitelines@whitelinesmag

It’s our new favourite, method man Kent Callister – seems the crowd like him too!

Brodie Dunlop@BrodeDunlop

Judges loving the forbidden grabs #tindy #tailfish ? #halfpipe #Sochi2014 #SochiProblems

Duthie:
Backscratcher coming up maybe?

Sam:
Kent is THROUGH!
3:48

Ed:
Maybe that Chinese bloke should try Wanging a method.
3:49

Duthie:
Seamus getting overtaken a lot. Seen him with a placard saying DOWN WITH THIS SORT OF THING.
3:49

glassesspot

Shaun White Siganture oakleys #shaunwhite #sochigames #sochi #olympics #Oakley #hot #snowboarding #halfpipe #tricks
3:49

Sam:
Illicit?

Duthie:
TKR, Run 2. Slovenia’s finest. He’s putting together a nice run… and he stomps it! Finals, surely.
3:50

Sam:
Really liking how claims are becoming fashionable again, yeah TK…
3:50

FOX Sports@FOXSports

. @a1afinch is not impressed. #halfpipe #Sochi2014 pic.twitter.com/MyIGfhIx4O

Shaun White@shaun_white

Peace! pic.twitter.com/57FtjvxREY

Winter Olympics@Sochi_2014_News

This is only like the 14th-weirdest thing at the Olympics… – Deadspin – SEE MORE: cur.lv/7cqhb#sochi2014 #bbcsochi

Slovenia hedged their bets that the controversial Russian Games might descend into all out war, pre-prepping their athletes with camo.
3:51

Ben Yolland@byolland

#bbcsochi #Sochi2014 is really hampering my ability to do anything productive

Duthie:
75.50, TKR has climbed to 5th.
3:51

Sam:
Taylor Gold dropping next, the young gun
3:51

Sam:
Big back 5 japan to start and looking solid all the way until the last trick, bum checking it out so could go either way…
3:53

Olivia morris@livamazo

Nice fat cup of tea infront of the snowboarding, way to keep warm #bbcsochi

Tickling the trout. Lovely.
3:53

Sam:
Young blood is out, next time Taylor.
3:53

Duthie:
Arthur de France: Monsieur Longo, dropping for Run 2.
3:54

Vestuario En Juego@VestuarioNJuego

#JJOO #Sochi2014 #SochiRTVE #HalfPipe of #Sochi #Russia #snowboarding #WinterOlympics#sport #news #world pic.twitter.com/NFMV7nPuBA

lineabagger

Halfpipe blev lige lidt bedre med Kent Callister ?#halfpipe#OLsochi#kentcallister#oldr3
3:54

Duthie:
He needs a run here… but he falls on the third hit and it’s au revoir for Arthur.
3:55

Sam:
Just Zhang Yiwei to go now, trying to get two Chinamen into the finals…
3:56

Epic style from Athur…
3:56

Virginie@VirginieRocchi

Allez @ArthurLongo !!!! #halfpipe #Sochi2014 #JO2014

Duthie:
Sadly he’s out of the demi-pipe. Shades of Mathieu Crepel in 2010, who was also teary after being eliminated.

That is tragic :(
3:56

Sam:
Currently in ninth he needs this, can he better his tindying countryman? looking good…nice lazy crippler after back to back doubles and a front 7 to finish. THat could do it for the finals…
3:57

Laurizzle Mizziller@LEMiller16

HOW DO YOU NOT LAND YOUR FINAL TRICK #halfpipe

Ed:
Gotta love these twitter experts.

Duthie:
It’s Nate Johnstone or Zhang Yiwei going through to the final, it’s up to the judges…
3:57

Whitelines@whitelinesmag

Taylor Gold is pissed! Refuses to go do the media rounds despite the Team USA dude’s efforts…

Duthie:
I reckon Nate.
3:58

There’s quite a time zone difference in China. It’s still Movember over there.
3:58

Duthie:
Yiwei Zhang gets 4th! Nathan Johnstone is out, and we have our next 6 finalists.
3:59

Duthie:
iPod, Greg Bretz, Kent ‘Method’ Callister, Zhang Yiwei, Wangcheng Shi and Tim-Kevin Ravnjak.
4:00

Duthie:
They join Shaun White, Ayumu Hirano, Christian Haller, Taku Hiraoka, David Habluetzel and Danny Davis.
4:01

Bertrand Subasi@BertrandSubasi

Merde, déçu pour @Arthur_Longo #Halfpipe #Sochi2014

Alex ???? Morgi ????@alex_soren_ice

Poor Arthur #halfpipe #sochi2014

Those results…
4:02

And the finalists, part 1…
4:02

… and part 2
4:03

Duthie:
Duthie: So it’s another 90 minutes or so before the final gets underway. Much-needed time to give that pipe another tweak.
4:03

Alex ???? Morgi ????@alex_soren_ice

Seamus O’connor catching some air over #halfpipe #snowboard #sochi2014pic.twitter.com/qE9OpR7YCX

Henriette H. J.@HenrietteHelle

So sad to see Gold and Seamus leave the competition #Final #halfpipe #Sochi2014

Jane Dunleavy@Janiepoops

How’s Seamus O’Connor getting on in the semi finals half pipe? #WinterOlympics #Sochi2014#halfpipe

Duthie:
Didn’t make the cut. I’ll double check. To be sure to be sure.

Stuart James@Stufella

Why are #bbcsochi so desperate for people to like #curling , it’s shit!

Ed:
Try the snowboarding Stuart.

CJ Thumper@cj_thumper

His patriotic undies “@neonne: Jan Scherrer of Switzerland stayed upright, and showed his undies #halfpipe #olympics pic.twitter.com/78tzjixIQ0

Gman Goffin@gmangoffin

Can’t wait for the mens halfpipe snowboard final. Surely it’s @shaun_white ’s Gold to lose#bbcsochi Goodluck ??? pic.twitter.com/97j8W8fxCd

Dan Matthews@radnovocaine

Come on Taylor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #halfpipe

Duthie:
Your feed must be pretty delayed…

WelshRacer@Welshracer

those contraversial snowboarding boys #bbcsochi pic.twitter.com/T8Gq7t2Dno

Ed:
We hope that’s sarcasm. #SodThe300

Martin Heath@martinheath

BBC are so fortunate to have @SnowEdLeigh on their team Head and shoulders above the other presenters! #credibility #bbcsochi #snowboarding

Ross Miles@PFF_RossMiles

Loving the commentary from Tim and Ed in the freestyle events for #bbcsochi - I’m watching anything they commentate on

Silvia Mittermüller@SilviaMittermul

Super excited2watch @kentcallister #Yiwei @theDDeadshow &all the other amazing guys in#olympic #halfpipe #finals in a bit!Gonna be siiiick!

WelshRacer@Welshracer

anyone else thinks this looks like a giant dildo? #bbcsochi pic.twitter.com/XLucCO8iOp

Rob@GingerRob

“He’s almost as high as the trees there” no he wasn’t, no where near. #bbcsochi

Duthie:
The head of the Pedantic Society there.

“Actually it’s the Pedantic Association, but we’ll let that go”

I am who i am@Steve___A

#ShaunWhite pic.twitter.com/BrgJgkYDTp

Ed:
One for Illicit Snowboarding

Turndown Fuckboy@funtastical17

“@DewTour: I-Pod, Bretz, Callister, Yiwei Zhang, Wancheng Shi, Tim-Kevin Ravnjak move into the final. #halfpipe @NBCOlympics” I-Pod!!

Ed:
We know this but any excuse to share your amazing twitter name.

Kenny Pang@SYSSMouse

Almost @shaun_white show time. #snowboard #halfpipe

Rashell@mrs_geisler

It’s time for @shaun_white! Go big!! #Sochi2014 #halfpipe #snowboarding #TeamUSA#Olympics2014

Jennifer Witt@JenniferWitt78

Good luck @shaun_white …… Can’t wait to watch u dominate the #halfpipe !! Much <3

Josie Jo@Josiedee46

#ShaunWhite may have bad hair but damn he’s shit hot on a board. #Sochi2014 #halfpipe#airmax

Duthie:
That’s all for the semi-final live blog. iPod made it through, as most of the world expected him to. He’ll now go up against Shaun, Ayumu and Danny in the final. Familiarise yourself with the four favourites here: http://whitelin.es/TheSochiShowdown
4:21

Duthie:
And be sure to follow our Finals live blog from 5.30pm GMT here:http://whitelin.es/OlympicMensHalfpipeFinalLiveBlog
4:21

Ed:
Shaun White definitely has the masses eating out of his hand. But will he give them the gold they’re so confident of? A certain Japanese 15 year-old might have something to say about that. See you shortly.

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