At 18 years old, Torin Yater-Wallace has mastered the halfpipe and it’s up to the rest of the competition to keep up. With multiple X-Games medals and an Olympic appearance, this young gun’s talent is well beyond his years. (Getty Images/Cameron Spencer)
David Wise became the first-ever Olympic halfpipe skiing champion Tuesday night, winning gold at the sport’s debut at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Athletes completed the final training for halfpipe skiing Monday despite fog at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.
Additional athletes were nominated today to the first-ever U.S. Freeskiing Olympic team.
David Wise led a full-throttle U.S. sweep of the first-ever halfpipe skiing Olympic qualifier at the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships Saturday night at Breckenridge with Aaron Blunck and Lyman Currier finishing second and third.
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Maddie Bowman, David Wise, Torin Yater-Wallace and more will vie for spots on the Olympic Team in this year's Sprint U.S. Grand Prix series.
At the conclusion of the FIS World Cup halfpipe season Monday, Torin Yater-Wallace stood second and David Wise third in the halfpipe standings.
In a repeat of X Games Tignes 2012, Torin Yater-Wallace took the gold medal and left silver for David Wise.
VIDEO: Yater-Wallace 2nd in Worlds
Torin Yater-Wallace landed a solid first run in the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships ski pipe to finish 2nd, just 0.6 points behind U.S. Freeskiing teammate David Wise.
David Wise and Torin Yater-Wallace boosted ahead of the tough competition to win halfpipe gold and silver at the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships in Oslo, Norway.
Defending slopestyle World Champion Alex Schlopy heads up a strong roster of U.S. athletes named to compete at the 2013 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships.
Torin Yater-Wallace and Gus Kenworthy went one-two for U.S. Freeskiing in the pre-Olympic test event of the Olympic halfpipe at Rosa Khutor outside Sochi.
David Wise and Maddie Bowman repeated their X Games titles winning in the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix at Park City Mountain Resort.
VIDEO: Park City Grand Prix
Preview of the 2013 Sprint Grand Prix at Park City.
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Every sport has its "next big thing," and halfpipe skiing may have found its own in 18-year-old Torin Yater-Wallace. By 2011 (at 16) the Aspen native had nabbed a silver in his X Games debut, a bronze at the European X Games and a win in his first World Cup. It’s safe to say his style, amplitude and raw talent are well beyond his years.
It is that raw talent and the ability to do well under pressure that the coaches recognized in the 2014 season when they awarded Yater-Wallace a discretionary spot on the inaugural U.S. Olympic halfpipe team, despite being sidelined with an injury during the Olympic qualification series. Yater-Wallace, an Olympic favorite going into the season, suffered a collapsed lung early in the series and spent most of the winter recovering and training to get strong for the last qualifiers. The down time paid off and he was healthy by the end of January. Although he didn’t have the finish he was looking for in Sochi, Yater-Wallace joined his teammates in representing the USA during his sport’s historic debut on the global stage. Its safe to say the next four years looks promising for this rising star.
As a high school sophomore, Yater-Wallace made waves in 2012 with his first X Games gold in Tignes, France, a bronze medal at X Games Aspen, two Dew Tour podiums and the AFP halfpipe title. Yater-Wallace started his 2013 season strong by winning the opening World Cup halfpipe in Cardrona, New Zealand to kick off the Olympic nations qualifying period. After minor shoulder surgery, Yater-Wallace took silver at X Games Aspen, second at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix in Park City and then won the World Cup at the Olympic venue in Sochi, Russia. He continued his podium streak with silver at World Championships in Voss, Norway and a repeat of his gold at X Games Tignes, closing out a phenomenal season that saw him on the podium in every competition he entered.
The Olympics were quite the experience and one that I will never forget. I did not end up doing as well I had hoped due to weather but still had a great time, and I have stayed positive because I am young and have more chances to do well. After the Olympics I've been skiing as much as I can, filming and branching out into new areas of competition like slopestyle and big air.
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