Shaun White, Hannah Teter among competitors unhappy with halfpipe conditions
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.”
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.
Snowboarders come out swinging after practice. Teter calls course a “junk show,” suggest pushing back comp. White, Davis not pleased either
— lisa dillman (@reallisa) February 10, 2014
Halfpipe cutter John Melville to Y Sports: TV broadcast of moguls Sunday caused his team to lose six hours of time to fix halfpipe issues.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 10, 2014