Kim, White, Gold, Josey, On To Halfpipe Final
Wednesday's snowboard halfpipe qualifiers saw four United States athletes land in the top 12 in each of their respective fields to move on to the final.
The United State's men's snowboard team threw down in a qualifier that felt like a final to punch three tickets into Friday's final competition. Team veteran Shaun White, led the charge, qualifying fourth with 86.25 points, followed by Taylor Gold in seventh with 83.50. In the final minutes, Chase Josey also snuck into the top 12 as the last rider to drop, scoring a 69.50 to bump out Italy's Louie Vito. Lucas Foster decked out midway down the pipe putting in a heroic effort, and he was miraculously unharmed. He finished 17th out of 28 athletes.
On the women's side, Chloe Kim once again dominated the field, finishing first in her qualifier. She'll look to defend an Olympic gold and a four-year winning streak in the women's final on Thursday, Feb. 9.
"I feel good! I'm stoked! And I'm so hungry," Kim said after completing qualifiers Wednesday morning, jokingly referring to her Tweet that went viral just before she took home gold in the 2018 PyeongChang Games. "You think I'd learn my lesson but I guess not, cause right now I'm thinking about dumplings."
Athletes must finish in the top 12 in order to move on to the final, and unfortunately for U.S. Snowboard Team rider Maddie Mastro, she finished 13th, just half a point behind China's Leng Qiu. Tessa Maud and Zoe Kalapos also did not qualify for the final, finishing 16th and 17th respectively.
In finals, each athlete will have three opportunities to put down their best run in the pipe with the top score determining who will land on the podium.
Up first, Chloe Kim will compete in the women's halfpipe final on the morning of Thursday, Feb. 9, which will air on Wednesday night in the United States starting at 8:30 p.m. EST.