News

‘I-Pod’ stuns White to win halfpipe gold

‘I-Pod’ stuns White to win halfpipe gold

HALFPIPE GOLD: Switzerland's Iouri Podladtchikov (L) celebrates with team mates during the men's snowboard halfpipe final event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, in Rosa Khutor Feb. 11. Photo: Reuters/Dylan Martinez

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Swiss Iouri “I-Pod” Podladtchikov won the gold medal in the men’s snowboarding halfpipe at the Sochi Olympics on Tuesday to deprive Shaun White of a third successive title.

Russian-born Podladtchikov put in a stunning second run under the lights at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park to earn 94.75 points, which proved enough to win the contest.

Fifteen-year-old Japanese Ayumu Hirano took silver with 93.50 on his second run, pipping his 18-year-old compatriot Taku Hiraoka, who took bronze with 92.25.

SPECIAL SECTION: 2014 Winter Olympics

White finished fourth after dropping two tricks on his first run and only managing 90.25 on his second.

(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, editing by Peter Rutherford)

Recent Headlines

in Sports

NL Wild Card: Bumgarner, Giants silence Pirates

Fresh
San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner waits his turn in the batting cage at PNC Park in Pittsburgh during a team workout Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. Bumgarner gets the start against Pittsburgh Pirates' Edinson Volquez in Wednesday night's National League wild card baseball game in Pittsburgh.

The San Francisco Giants routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-0 on Wednesday night in the National League wild-card game.

in Local Sports

Three WWU teams in action on Thursday

Updated
western washington logo generic copy/wwu

The Western Washington University women's soccer, men's soccer and volleyball squads are in conference matchups on Thursday.

in Local Sports

PAC-12 Showdown: Arizona likely to key in on Oregon QB Mariota

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) during the first half of an NCAA football game against Arizona, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in Tucson, Ariz.

Last season Arizona went after Oregon QB Marcus Mariota early and kept on hassling him. Expect the same when the Wildcats visit the No. 2 Ducks at Autzen Stadium.

in Sports

Dunn retires following a 14 year career

Oakland Athletics' Adam Dunn leans against the batting cage before the start of the AL wild-card playoff baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo.

Following the Athletics loss to the Kansas City Royals in the A.L. Wildcard game, Adam Dunn told ESPN that he has played his final game.

in Sports

Report: Paul Molitor, Twins set to meet

Minnesota Twins coach Paul Molitor is seen in the dugout during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Saturday, May 10, 2014.

Molitor has never managed in the majors or minor leagues but has extensive coaching experience since leaving baseball as a player.