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Olympic halfpipe could pave future of snowboarding

February 9, 2014 • World News


Danny Davis makes a 37.66 run before dominating the competition and winning gold with a 95.00 his second run during the Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe finals at the 18th edition of the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo. Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/ The Gazette, Michael Ciaglo)

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Behind all those dangerous double corks and flashy frontside 1080s, a battle for the soul of snowboarding is playing out at the Olympics.

Yes, Shaun White is the favorite in the halfpipe; his quest for a third straight gold medal in his sport’s biggest event comes Tuesday. But there’s no such thing as a sure thing, and where the medals go could help determine which direction the sport goes next.

In several events on the road to the Olympics — and even in the men’s Olympic slopestyle contest won by Sage Kotsenburg — judges rewarded more technical, less acrobatic moves that harken to the early days of the sport. Essentially, they’ve started falling back in love with what snowboarders call “style” — a showy grab of the board here, a showy Login to read more

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