By: Freeskier Magazine
February 18, 2013
The morning started with a low whine, at least from the assembled media. No, we weren’t complaining about the early start, or the gentlemen who run FIS, or the varied talent in the field of athletes that a World Cup event in the lead up to the Olympics draws. In fact the field that took to the HAM freestyle stadium at Rosa Khutor resort, where the halfpipe, aerials and moguls (get it? H.A.M.!?!?) will be contested during next year’s Olympic winter games, was impressively well rounded and fearless. No, it was the weather—a drenching rain, that turned to monstrous silver dollar sized flakes of snow, with banks of fog rolling through clearly illustrating that the humidity in Russia was giving 110 percent—that had us all grumbling.
The day ended with a bang from the meteor who is Torin Yater-Wallace. Again, there are conditions, namely that Yater-Wallace wasn’t the only one turning heads above the halfpipe during this FIS World Cup and test event for next year’s big show. There was David Wise putting down a run of three double flipping tricks—switch left 1080, right 1260 and left 1260—even if the judges left him in fifth because of some small bobbles and a 90 degree landing on his final run. And Byron Wells put perfection into a fourth place run with huge amplitude that only lacked the latest, most technical tricks.