BRI NEWS New Zealand's Nico Porteous claims men's halfpipe gold


New Zealand's Nico Porteous claims men's halfpipe gold


17:24, February 20, 2022

Nico Porteous of New Zealand competes during the freestyle skiing men's freeski halfpipe final of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, Feb. 19, 2022. (Xinhua/Xue Yubin)

New Zealand's Nico Porteous claimed gold in men's halfpipe here on Saturday, the last event of freestyle skiing competition at Beijing 2022.

As the reigning world champion and X Games winner, as well as PyeongChang 2018 bronze medallist, the 20-year-old Porteous made a show of strength in his first run with 93.00 points to dominate the race, though he fell in following both runs.

31-year-old David Wise of the United States, the two-time reigning Olympic champion, scored 90.75 points in his first run to rank the second just behind Porteous. He made mistakes both in the other two runs and took the silver.

The bronze went to Wise's teammate Alex Ferreira, who won silver at PyeongChang 2018, with his first-run score of 86.75 points.

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