It would seem the halfpipe itself won the snowboard event in Sochi — its poor condition took down nearly half the competitors. Even though officials salted and sideslipped the course during the breaks, and the temperature lowered as the day went on, the boarders in the final still had a rough time.
Here’s how the runs went at the beginning and end of the day, and approximately where the falls occurred on the course. (Semi-final round is not shown.)
The halfpipe’s victims
A few photos tell the story of Tuesday’s halfpipe event in Sochi, where even the venerable Shaun White fell victim to the pipe’s steep edges and icy drops.