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

Relive iPod's epic Olympic win with these photos!

Alex Burd 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.

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