Liu Jiayu, Chloe Kim and Arielle Gold celebrate after the women’s halfpipe final. Photo: Sam Mellish
The two halfpipe finals at Pyeongchang 2018 were both epic, albeit for entirely different reasons.
As soon as Chloe Kim stuck her first run, it was clear that the result would be a foregone conclusion. However, watching her step it up on her victory lap showed that there’s no stopping her, and there’s every chance that she’ll inspire the rest of the field to take women’s halfpipe to the next level.
“Camber has always been king when dealing with icy pipe walls”
Meanwhile in the men’s event, it was drama from start to finish. The top three riders went all out in search of an edge, but in the end it was Shaun White’s day.
For obvious reasons, most used a medium-to-stiff board, either directional twin or true twin. Camber has always been king when dealing with icy pipe walls, and Pyeongchang 2018 was no different.
Here’s what carried the six medallists to the podium steps: