Torin Yater-Wallace has mastered the halfpipe and it’s up to the rest of the competition to keep up. With multiple X-Games medals and an Olympic appearance, Torin’s talent is well beyond his years. (Getty Images/Cameron Spencer)
The American skiers had an excellent showing at the Olympic halfpipe test event on Saturday, scoring three podium spots.
The FIS halfpipe World Cup Tour culminates this week with the official test event for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
The American men swept the top four spots in the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix freeski halfpipe event at Mammoth Mountain on Wednesday.
It was an American sweep for the men at X Games Oslo Sunday night with Torin Yater-Wallace (Basalt, CO) making a triumphant return to the top of the X Games halfpipe podium. Alex Ferreira took silver and Gus Kenworthy bronze.
Bobby Brown, Annalisa Drew and Torin Yater-Wallace all claimed World Championships titles at Whistler’s Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) World Championships.
Wednesday kicked off qualifying rounds for all Sprint U.S. Grand Prix events in Park City, UT, including the Visa U.S. Grand Prix ski halfpipe.
Torin Yater-Wallace upset Olympic champion David Wise to take the Dew Tour halfpipe skiing title.
David Wise, Torin Yater-Wallace and Devin Logan each found the podium at the first U.S. Grand Prix of the season.
Nine U.S. Freeskiing athletes qualified for Friday's finals at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain.
David Wise became the first-ever Olympic halfpipe skiing champion Tuesday night, winning gold at the sport’s debut at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Athletes completed the final training for halfpipe skiing Monday despite fog at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.
Additional athletes were nominated today to the first-ever U.S. Freeskiing Olympic team.
David Wise led a full-throttle U.S. sweep of the first-ever halfpipe skiing Olympic qualifier at the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships Saturday night at Breckenridge with Aaron Blunck and Lyman Currier finishing second and third.
The FIS World Cup series returns to the U.S. this year. Who will top the podium at Copper Mountain? (Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Freeskiing)
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Torin Yater-Wallace is one of halfpipe's most talented young skiers, and he has the resume to prove it. He hit the scene swinging in 2011 when he claimed his first X Games medal (silver) at just 15 years of age.
By the age of 18 in 2013, the Aspen native had four X Games medals (including gold), won a stop of the Winter Dew Tour, the New Zealand Winter Games, multiple FIS World Cups and had been named the overall AFP Tour winner in halfpipe.
It's raw talent and the ability to do well under pressure that the coaches recognized in the 2014 season when they awarded Yater-Wallace a discretionary spot on the inaugural U.S. Olympic halfpipe team, despite being sidelined with an injury during the Olympic qualification series. Yater-Wallace, an Olympic favorite going into the season, suffered a collapsed lung early in the series and spent most of the winter recovering and training to get strong for the last qualifiers. The down time paid off and he was healthy by the end of January. Although he didn’t have the finish he was looking for in Sochi, Yater-Wallace joined his teammates in representing the USA during his sport’s historic debut on the global stage.
Yater-Wallace had a podium tour in 2015, landing in the top three in four out of five contests he entered, including wins at the Dew Tour and World Ski Invitational. He even stepped out of the halfpipe to earn third at the Jon Olsson Big Air event in Sweden.
In November of 2015, however, the young skier's health hit another stumbling block. Diagnosed with Streptococcus anginosus, Yater-Wallace put up a remarkable fight against the life-threatening infection that affected his gall bladder, liver and lungs. After two weeks in the hospital (10 days in a medically-induced coma), 20 pounds of weight loss and two months off snow, Yater-Wallace clicked back into his skis on January 10, 2016. He took fifth at X Games Aspen just two weeks later and then went on to win gold at X Games Oslo one short month after that.
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