KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - Torin Yater-Wallace crashed twice in the two qualification runs for the Olympic debut of the freeskiing halfpipe on Tuesday and did not advance to the finals.
Yater-Wallace, 18, of Basalt, Colo., was a favorite going into the event, having won the 2013 X Games in Tignes, France, but he only earned seven points on the first run, which involved a crash high on the pipe. He landed several spins on the second run but fell again and scored 39.
He did not make himself available to reporters afterward. On his Twitter page he posted a photo of himself with a thumb's up and said "I am now locked in my room."
He was a discretionary pick to the U.S. freestyle team after failing to meet the qualification requirements. His Tignes finish went to his favor, but he spent much of the 2013-14 season in the hospital after twice suffering a collapsed lung.
His U.S. teammate, David Wise, finished second in the qualifications with a score of 88.40. Canada's Justin Dorey was first with a score of 91.60.
Only the top 12 finishers advanced. The only other U.S. freeskier to qualify was Aaron Blunck, He was 12th with a score of 72.
Martha Bellisle writes for the Reno Gazette-Journal.