Basalt skier Torin Yater-Wallace wins Olympic test event
Basalt native Torin Yater-Wallace took first in Saturday’s freeskiing Olympic halfpipe test event at Bokwang Phoenix Park, South Korea, which will host the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Yater-Wallace entered the finals as the top qualifier, and backed it up with a 95.60 on his first of three finals runs for the win. Taking second with 94.40 was Crested Butte’s Aaron Blunck, who won X Games gold in Aspen less than a month ago. France’s Benoit Valentin was third with 92.60, and Aspen’s Alex Ferreira seventh with 88.20.
Earlier this month, Yater-Wallace also won the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, a World Cup event and Olympic qualifier. It was his first competition after a somewhat disappointing sixth-place finish at X Games in January.
With only one World Cup event remaining — March 6-7 in Tignes, France — Yater-Wallace holds on to first place in the standings.
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Herman is the freestyle skiing winner of the Summit Daily’s Peak Performers project, which honors the greatest athletes and most influential figures in Summit county ski and snowboard history.