World Class pipe welcomes Aussie riders
9 February 2018
SNOWBOARD HALFPIPE: PyeongChang has produced the ‘best halfpipe ever built’ according to Australian riders.
After today’s first training run at the Phoenix Snow Park, the Australian team of five were incredibly pumped with the pipe.
“This halfpipe is amazing, I think this is the best pipe ever built so the level of riding will go through the roof,” Kent Callister said.
“It should be the best contest to happen yet.”
The 22-year-old said it was great to get out on the snow after arriving in South Korea several days ago, and that the atmosphere among the Australian Team was relaxed, but excited.
“The Team’s great, the vibe’s great. Everyone’s just having fun messing around, cheering each other on.”
Team veteran Holly Crawford agreed that the pipe was fantastic.
“If anyone does complain, I’m not sure how they can make it better,” she said.
Crawford, who will make her fourth Winter Olympic appearance in PyeongChang, said she had a less conventional lead up to the 2018 Games than most athletes.
“I opted for a couple of weeks at home getting a tan instead of injuring myself as I have in the past so the tan’s keeping me nice and tight,” she said.
“It’s been a really good day of training and hopefully the next couple of days will be better and the sun will come out a bit more.”
For Australian flagbearer Scotty James, it was a welcome return to the South Korean snow.
After winning last year’s Olympic test event (the 2016/17 World Cup closer) in PyeongChang with a score of 96.00, the 23-year-old is eager to replicate the result.
“This is a pretty awesome halfpipe, straight as an arrow – the sides are really straight and good transitions.
“(The pipe) was everything and more that we all expected. Last year we had an awesome time here… I’ve always had a really good time here in Korea, I can’t wait to get back in the next days and get into competition.”
Women’s snowboard halfpipe qualifications will be held on Day 3 (February 12) and men’s qualifications are on Day 4 (February 13) along with women’s finals.