11 Phenomenal Photos to Celebrate the Epic Sochi 2014 Men's Olympic Halfpipe Final

Relive iPod's epic Olympic win with these photos!

12:21 12th February 2014 by Alex Burd

Last night saw the final of one of the Winter Olympics blue ribbon events, the men’s snowboarding Halfpipe. For the first time in eight years the event had a new champion as Iouri Podladtchikov stormed to gold with a near flawless run. Despite criticism of the conditions, the standard was phenomenal and the final provided all the drama and tension we could’ve hoped for despite criticism of the conditions beforehand. Here’s all the best shots from an incredible night in snowboarding history.

All photographs © Nick Atkins


Greg Bretz kicked things off with a big McTwist.

greg bretz mctwist


Wancheng Shi from China with some huge air.

wancheng shi


Kent Callister with a huge backflip crippler.

kent callister crippler


Winter X-Games Champion, Danny Davis with his trademark switch method.

Dan Dav switch method


Taku Hiraoka, eventual Bronze medallist, getting huge air out the pipe.

Russia Winter Olympics February 9,womans slopes style final snowboarder Jessika Jenson on the rails at top of course


Hiraoka then followed it with this huge grab.

Russia Winter Olympics February 9,womans slopes style final snowboarder Jessika Jenson on the rails at top of course


Iouri Podladtchikov nailed a sweet method to get things going.

ipod method


And the crowd were on the side of the Russian born rider.

ipod method 2


Iouri, iPod to friends, was pleased with his run but had to wait and see if it would get gold.

ipod chuffed


Shaun White had gone big on his first run, but had fallen in the pipe.

shaun white grab 2


White pushed hard on his second run with it all to do.

shaun white backside grab


But it wasn’t enough for gold and he congratulated the new Olympic champion!

Russia Winter Olympics February 9,womans slopes style final snowboarder Jessika Jenson on the rails at top of course


Iouri Podladtchikov took top spot at the podium, flanked by Ayumu Hirano and Taku Hiraoka.

sochi podium

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