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Kim and Hirano dominate Copper Mountain Halfpipe World CupOberhofen / Thunersee, )
Kim, who already had triumphed in the World Cup Opener in New Zealand three months ago celebrated her back-to-back win with a 93.75 leading an US podium sweep with Maddie Mastro (90.75) and veteran Kelly Clark (83.75) rounding out the podium as second and third, respectively.
In the men's event, Hirano, like Kim and Mastro another teen halfpipe sensation who had taken Silver at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, prevented an all American day with a score of 95.25 edging off Ben Ferguson (USA; 89.75) and Shaun White (USA; 89.25) to second and third, respectively.
Hirano, who had placed second in Cardrona last September, therefore took over the World Cup deservedly.
The Snowboard Freestyle World Cup tour continues tomorrow with this season's fourth and last big air competition prior to the discipline's Olympic debut next February (Finals at 11 AM LOC, 7 PM CET).
The next Halfpipe World Cup is slated to take place in Secret Garden, China (DEC 19 – 21).
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Watch highlights of the Freestyle Snowboard World Cup tour here
Watch reigning World Champion Scotty James talk about his Olympic dreams here
Chloe Kim (USA): Winning the first national Olympic qualifier event feels awesome. I'm totally speechless. I woke up this morning, and I was like oh my God, I'm so nervous. But the halfpipe makes it kind of feel home and all the nerves go away. Dropping in I'm just excited to trying new stuff.
Maddie Mastro (USA): My strategy was to put down a run and have fun with it, and then take it step by step and progress from there. And I'm happy with what I got.
Ben Ferguson (USA): It's been a crazy contest. It feels good to lock in this top-3 spot for the national qualifiers. I worked my arse of to get there where I'm right now, taking care of my body and learning new tricks.
Kelly Clark (USA): In Olympic years we always see a big jump in the progression of the riding. I'm not surprised to see how great all the ladies have been riding today. It's good to get that USA sweep. I'm really happy to get a podium to start accumulating those points I need to qualify for the Olympic Team.
Shaun White (USA): I'm feeling pretty great. I'm using this contest as practise. Obviously I wanted to post a better score for the Americans. I wanted to lock in a good score in my first run which allowed me to go a little harder in my second and third run. I really thought that I was going to bump up my score in my third run with the 14, double ten and a double 12, so I'm a little bis disappointed.
It's so rad that we all were able to put down very solid runs and make it on the podium. It's always awesome to get an US podium sweep.
Winning run Chloe Kim: backside air, frontside 1080 tail, cab 720 mute, frontside 540 indy, mc twist indy
Winning run Ayumu Hirano: backside indy, frontside 1440 indy, cab double cork 1080 mute, frontside 1260 indy, backside 900 melon
Run Maddie Mastro: frontside 900 indy, backside 540 stalefish, frontside 720 indy, haakon flip, frontside 540 seatbelt
Run Ben Ferguson: cab double cork 1080 mute, double crippler indy, backside 360 stalefish, switch mc twist, switch double backflip to regular
Run Kelly Clark: frontside air, backside 540, frontside 1080, cab 720, crippler 540, backside air
Run Shaun White: backside air, frontside 1440 tail, cab 1260 stalefish, frontside 540 stalefish, tomahawk
Final Results Ladies
Final Results Men
Halfpipe World Cup Standings Ladies
Halfpipe World Cup Standings Men
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