The first ever Olympic medals for Ski Halfpipe have been awarded after a thrilling afternoon of action at the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck.
With a large crowd filling the arena in Kühtai, the athletes made their way down the 180-metre halfpipe to loud cheers and gasps, thrilling the Olympic fans with huge airs and gravity-defying tricks.
The women’s event was won by Austria’s Lisi Gram, who scored 84.75 points on her first run to claim the first Olympic ski halfpipe gold and the host country’s first gold of the Games. The 15-year-old delighted the Austrian fans with a series of impressive tricks, including a linked a straight-edge safety with a 540, before finishing with her signature hand-plant.
“It’s awesome,” said Gram after the event. “It’s such a big moment for me and I can’t even tell you how I feel right now.”
The men’s event was won by Kai Mahler, of Switzerland, who wowed the crowd with some massive airs on his first run to score an incredible 95.00 points.
“I’m so happy right now and I can’t believe that I won the gold medal,” said the 16-year-old. “I’m pretty stoked to get the first Olympic medal in ski halfpipe. It feels so good.”
To celebrate this great addition to an Olympic programme, check out this awesome video of Kevin Rolland answering your questions. Does he have a pair of lucky pants? What’s with the red jacket? Get the lowdown on our YOG Ambassador here.