Lee Seung-hun fails to advance in men's freeski halfpipe
Korean freestyle skier Lee Seung-hun finished 16th after his two men's freeski halfpipe qualification runs on Thursday, failing to advance to the medal competition.
Halfpipe freeski is scored out of 100 by a team of five judges, with an average providing the final result. Judges consider five criteria when scoring each athlete's run: Amplitude — or height — difficulty, variety, execution and progression — or how innovative the sequence of tricks is. Athletes complete two runs, with their best score used in the final ranking.
Lee finished 16th after receiving 49.75 points in his first run and 56.75 points in his second run.
In his first run, the 16-year-old pulled off two clean 1,260-degree rotations to receive 49.75 points, taking 15th place for his first run. Then in his second run, Lee added a 900-degree rotation and a safety grab to his performance, taking 12th place for his second run with 56.75 points.
The teenager’s 16th place finish is the second-best result of an Asian freestyle skier. Chinese skier Bingqiang Mao took 14th place.
Lee will not compete in the medal event on Saturday with only the 12 best athletes advancing to the final.
Aaron Blunk of the United States topped the qualification round with 92 points.
BY YUN SO-HYANG [firstname.lastname@example.org]