Posted February 10, 2014

Shaun White, Hannah Teter among competitors unhappy with halfpipe conditions

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Shaun White has won gold twice on the halfpipe at the Olympics. (Cameron Spencer/Getty images)

Shaun White has won gold twice on the halfpipe at the Olympics. (Cameron Spencer/Getty images)

Several of the Olympians set to take part in the men’s and women’s snowboard halfpipe event are voicing their displeasure with the quality of the course.

Hannah Teter, who won gold in the event at the Torino Olympics in 2006, called the conditions a “junk show” and said she believed the Olympic committee should push the event back until the run can be remedied, according to Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times. Shaun White, a two-time gold medalist in the event, called the practice session conditions “frustrating.”

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Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan reports that reigning women’s gold medalist Torah Bright of New Zealand and American snowboarder Danny Davis also voiced their displeasure, with Davis calling the pipe “garbage.” The poor conditions are due in part to the increasing temperatures in Sochi.

The crew in charge of course maintenance said it was forced to stop work so the noise created would not interfere with the TV broadcast of the moguls event on Sunday.


14 comments
eliar3
eliar3

Events needing scores from human judges should be just that - events.  SPORTS are decided solely on the field of play, among the participants.  Clock. Net.  Mark.  Distance. Direct Competition.  No judges giving scores based on difficulty and execution.  Snowboarding has lost its way with judges and standardized events.  Have fun, try some new tricks, and mend your bruises and breaks efficiently.  It was never about awards - it was always about the fun...until corporations stepped in and monetized it.  

sheetshow
sheetshow

Maybe also get it right that Torah Bright is from Australia...Nice reporting

robinlecky
robinlecky

Get it right boarders or SI. It was Vancouver 2010. Sloppy work.

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

Yaaaaaawn. Last time I checked it will be the SAME for everyone. Time for the "Kleenex".....

HelenEschenbach
HelenEschenbach

@robinlecky    Get what right?  Turin 2006-gold medal for Hannah, Vancouver 2010-silver medal


Hannah Teter (born January 27, 1987) is an American snowboarder from Belmont, Vermont. She is an Olympic champion, having won the gold medal in halfpipe at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy. She also won bronze at the 2005 FIS World Championships at Whistler, British Columbia, and has six World Cup victories in her career.[1] In January 2010, Teter was named to the US Team for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.[2] She won the silver medal in women's halfpipe at the Vancouver Games.

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

@CarlLegg  It's a little bit hard to snowboard without snow, chief.  

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

@Wisconsin Death Trip  Your comment is bad, and you should feel bad.


This isn't like playing football on a muddy field or something.  Powder is everything in snowboarding.  If the powder isn't suitable, it's like trying to play football with A DEFLATED BALL. 

RichardCHamilton
RichardCHamilton

@Wisconsin Death Trip Silly comment. Of course the cream will come to the top. Of course it is the same for everyone. Do you want the Super Bowl played on a high school field or the World Series on a sand lot. This is world class. The venues should be world class.