Torin Yater-Wallace skis to the win on Saturday in the 2018 Olympic Halfpipe test event at Bokwang Phoenix Park in South Korea. (photo: Getty Images-Han Myung-Gu via USSA)

Yater-Wallace Wins Olympic Test Event

PyeongChang, South Korea – At Saturday’s Olympic halfpipe test event at Bokwang Phoenix Park, American Torin Yater-Wallace, of Basalt, Colo., led the charge with a win for the men, while Marie Martinod of France took the win for the women along with the World Cup title.

Yater-Wallace was the top qualifier coming into the final and also won the most recent World Cup, the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain earlier this month. He finished ahead of teammate Aaron Blunck, of Crested Butte, Colo., while Benoit Valentin of France rounded out the podium in third.

Torin Yater-Wallace skis to the win on Saturday in the 2018 Olympic Halfpipe test event at Bokwang Phoenix Park in South Korea. (photo: Getty Images-Han Myung-Gu via USSA)
Torin Yater-Wallace skis to the win on Saturday in the 2018 Olympic Halfpipe test event at Bokwang Phoenix Park in South Korea. (photo: Getty Images-Han Myung-Gu via USSA)

“It’s really cool to ski in Korea and see the venue before the Olympics,” Yater-Wallace said. “It feels awesome to be here and I feel very lucky to end up in first place.”

Yater-Wallace managed to stomp his first run going both huge and stylish on each of his four hits including right dub 1260 mute, left 1080 tail, switch right 720 safety and left alley-oop dub flatspin 900 japan, summing up for a total score of 95.60 points.

The victory also gave Yater-Wallace the lead in the World Cup rankings heading into the final event of the season at Tignes, France March 6-7. Blunck finished just behind Yater-Wallace

For the women, Martinod took the win in Saturday’s halfpipe, ahead of Devin Logan, of West Dover, Vt. landing on the World Cup podium for the 12th time in her career. Ayana Onozuka of Japan was third.

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Martinod set the bar high early on with her first attempt, stomping her signature run with back-to-back 540s followed by back-to-back flairs and a big leftside 900 tindy to move her on top of the pack with 91.60 points. At the end of the day Martinod’s first run score appeared to be also the highest one as she took her third consecutive World Cup win of the season.

“It’s great to win here in Korea, one year before the Olympics,” Martinod said after the competition, “It’s very exciting but it definitely will put some pressure on me. I hope I can deal with that pressure, move back to training and come back well-prepared for the final test.”

With yet another win and 300 points in the ranking, Martinod has also secured herself the halfpipe World Cup Crystal Globe. She’ll claim the prize in front of a home crowd at the season’s last stop in Tignes.

Other American women in the final included Annalisa Drew (Andover, Mass.) just off the podium in fourth, Brita Sigourney (Carmel, Calif.) in sixth, Alex Ferreira (Aspen, Colo.) seventh, and Taylor Seaton (Avon, Colo.) finishing 10th.

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The FIS World Cup halfpipe tour culminates in Tignes, France March 6-7.

OFFICIAL RESULTS
FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup
Bokwang Phoenix Park, South Korea – Feb. 18, 2017

Men’s Halfpipe

Rank Name Nation Result FIS Points WC Points
 1 YATER-WALLACE Torin USA  95.60  1000.00  100.00
 2 BLUNCK Aaron USA  94.40  800.00  80.00
 3 VALENTIN Benoit FRA  92.60  600.00  60.00
 4 ROLLAND Kevin FRA  91.40  500.00  50.00
 5 BOWMAN Noah CAN  90.80  450.00  45.00
 6 RIDDLE Mike CAN  89.40  400.00  40.00
 7 FERREIRA Alex USA  88.20  360.00  36.00
 8 PORTEOUS Nico NZL  78.80  320.00  32.00
 9 D’ARTOIS Simon CAN  73.20  290.00  29.00
 10 SEATON Taylor USA  67.60  260.00  26.00

Women’s Halfpipe

Rank Name Nation Result FIS Points WC Points
 1 MARTINOD Marie FRA  91.60  1000.00  100.00
 2 LOGAN Devin USA  86.80  800.00  80.00
 3 ONOZUKA Ayana JPN  84.00  600.00  60.00
 4 DREW Annalisa USA  77.00  500.00  50.00
 5 SHARPE Cassie CAN  76.60  450.00  45.00
 6 SIGOURNEY Brita USA  62.20  400.00  40.00
 7 BOWMAN Maddie USA  85.20  360.00  36.00
 8 GROENEWOUD Rosalind CAN  75.80  320.00  32.00
 9 CHESHIRE Rowan GBR  74.00  290.00  29.00
 10 WATABE Yurie JPN  73.20  260.00  26.00

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