Like the two last days, we would like to keep you informed with some nice things to know. Infostrada Sports went through the history of halfpipe WCS snowboarding, so make sure to check it out.
> Halfpipe is one of two events held at every WChs (1996-now). The other discipline is Parallel Slalom.
> Men’s Halfpipe has seen a different winner in each of the past nine WChs. The only countries with multiple gold medals are Switzerland and United States with two each.
> Three snowboarders have won multiple medals in this event – Kim Christiansen (NOR) and Mathieu Crepel (FRA) with one gold and one bronze each, and Markus Hurme (FIN) with a silver and a bronze.
> Finland and United States have collected the most total medals in men’s Halfpipe – five each. Norway follow with four.
> The Halfpipe competition produced the youngest male winner in any WChs event – Ross Powers (USA, 16y-348d) in 1996.
> Doriane Vidal (FRA) has been the most successful athlete at women’s Halfpipe at the WChs. Vidal won three gold medals (2001, 2003, 2005) after grabbing silver in 1999.
> Only one other woman besides Vidal claimed four medals at a single WChs event – Karine Ruby in Snowboardcross (3 gold, 1 silver). Lindsey Jacobellis (USA - Snowboardcross) is the third and most recent woman to claim three gold medals in a single WChs event.
> Four boarders have won two medals each at the WChs Halfpipe – defending champion Holly Crawford (AUS, 1 gold, 1 silver), 2009 champion Liu Jiayu (CHN, 1 gold, 1 bronze), 2007 champion Manuela Pesko (SUI, 1 gold, 1 silver) and Paulina Ligocka (POL, 2 bronze).
> Switzerland claimed five total medals in women’s Halfpipe (2 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze), the most of all countries. Thanks to Doriane Vidal, France collected the most gold medals (3).
> The Halfpipe competition produced the youngest winner in any WChs event (either gender) – Liu Jiayu (CHN, 16y-128d) in 2009.
In addition, this is how the pipe looks like: