Ayumu Hirano and Torah Bright take top spots in today’s Halfpipe qualifiers at the Laax Open

Ayumu Hirano and Torah Bright take top spots heading into Friday’s Halfpipe Finals at the LAAX OPEN

 

Christian Haller styles one out in the pipe
Christian Haller styles one out in the pipe

LAAX, Switzerland, January 20, 2016 – Whiteout conditions and continuous snowfall didn’t stop the top riders from around the world from putting on a show today at the LAAX OPEN. 40 men and 20 women took their best shot at two runs, for a spot in Friday’s finals, while only 12 men and 6 women are set to advance. It was Japan’s 17-year-old superstar, Ayumu Hirano, scoring a 90.50 and 29-year-old Aussie, Torah Bright, with an 87.00, who landed in top positions after heated battles.

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Silver Medallist at the Olympics, Ayumu Hirano, qualified first today

Olympic silver medalist, Ayumu Hirano, was looking flawless on his second run, with the only score over 90 of the day. Arthur Longo (FRA) came in second seed, scoring an 87.49, while Switzerland’s own David Habluetzel, also had a solid day, scoring an 87.12. Surprisingly both Olympic gold medalist, Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI) and X Games champ, Danny Davis (USA) fell on their runs, leaving them out of finals.

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Torah Bright eased herself into the pipe finals

Olympic gold medalist, Torah Bright was knocked out of the top position during her first run, but took it back after her second. Hikaru Oe (JPN) came in behind Bright with an 82.24 and Clemence Grimal (FRA) next, with an 80.12.

The LAAX OPEN Halfpipe Finals are set to kick off this Friday, January 22, at 10:30am. If you can’t make it in person, catch the action streaming live at laax.com/open. The riders – top 6 women and 12 men – will compete for a chance at the $500,000 USD prize purse, so it’s sure to be an entertaining event.

LAAX OPEN 2016, RESULTS, JAN 20, 2016:

Men’s Halfpipe Semi-Finals Heat 1 (Top 3)
1.Arthur Longo (FRA) 87.49
2.Christian Haller (SUI) 82.87
3.Markus Malin (FIN) 82.49

Men’s Halfpipe Semi-Finals Heat 2 (Top 3)
1.Ayumu Hirano (JPN) 90.50
2.David Habluetzel (SUI) 87.12
3.Benji Farrow (USA) 85.87

Women’s Halfpipe Semi-Finals (Top 3) 
1.Torah Bright (AUS) 87.00
2.Hikaru Oe (JPN) 82.24
3.Clemence Grimal (FRA) (80.12

All results can be found on www.laax.com/open.
Tomorrow the slopestyle semi-finals will take part at Crap Sogn Gion mountain, starting at 9.40 am, watch the live broadcast HERE

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