Ayumu Hirano win gold in halfpipe final

Ayumu Hirano
has finally won a gold medal after two silvers.

It was his final
run that pushed Australia's Scotty James out of the top spot in the men's snowboard halfpipe final.

The triple cork
was the most talked-about snowboarding technique before the day, as many believed it was required to win gold at the Olympics.

Ayumu was the only
rider to have landed the feat in a competition, but he had never done a whole run with it.

The triple cork
has been practised by Ruka Hirano and Yuto Totsuka, but not in competition.

Ayumu was the
only rider to even attempt the triple cork. He landed it on Run 1 but missed another trick.

On Run 2,
he hit a triple cork for the first time in his career and landed a full run.

After a technical run that included a switch backside 1260 and double cork 1440 on the first two hits, the judges placed Ayumu second behind James.

Ayumu had one more
chance to end his silver medal skid. A huge 96.00 from the judges propelled him into the lead and onto the podium.

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